HoopsHype Gary Harris rumors

April 14, 2014 Updates

Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris is leaving for the NBA, sources told ESPN.com on Monday. An announcement is expected later Monday. The 6-foot-4 Harris averaged 16.7 points and four rebounds per game this past season. He's considered one of the top shooting guards available in the June 27 NBA draft and is expected to be taken somewhere in the Top 20 picks, according to several NBA executives. ESPN.com

April 12, 2014 Updates

DarrenWolfson: Heard James Young (Kentucky) is a name that intrigues them, @cosmicatomic @HeHateMN. But I do like Gary Harris like you. #twolves Twitter @DarrenWolfson

April 8, 2014 Updates

Scouts go back and forth on which Great Lakes State sophomore they feel is the better prospect -- Michigan's Nik Stauskas or Michigan State's Gary Harris. Both have suitors -- Stauskas for his shooting ability, Harris for his consistency and potential as an NBA defensive stopper. But Stauskas appears to be inching in front of Harris, though both are expected to go either in the mid-to-late Lottery or shortly thereafter. NBA.com

At least one general manager likened Gary Harris to Washington's Bradley Beal, though he has yet to show the shooting range and touch Beal did in his one season at Florida. "I think he has a chance to be a really good pro defender," a Northwest Division executive said. "When you're talking about two guards, he might be the best two-way player in college at his position." Having the Michigan State pedigree does nothing but help Harris as well. "What makes him coveted, at least from my perspective, is that he was with (Michigan State Coach Tom) Izzo all that time," an Eastern Conference general manager said. "That kid comes in as a grown-ass contributor, because all he's tried to do is produce." NBA.com

April 3, 2014 Updates

Michigan State sophomore Gary Harris will, barring a surprising change of plans, eventually announce that he's entering the 2014 NBA Draft, sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. "He's going to go," one source said. "And he probably should." CBSSports.com

April 2, 2014 Updates

Izzo shed more light on the situation and even allowed his name to be used. “His status is still very, very high (with NBA executives),” Izzo said of Harris, two days after the Spartans’ season ended with a 60-54 loss to Connecticut in the Elite Eight. “And when it’s that high, my advice over the years has been, ‘If you’re ready mentally, you should go.’ I think he’s torn because of his relationship with the team, but with (Denzel Valentine) in particular. “He’s a good student, likes college -- all the strange reasons that guys leave is everybody hates school and everybody, you know, needs the money or this or that. He doesn’t have those factors in his life. In fact, he has just about the opposite.” Lansing State Journal

April 1, 2014 Updates
March 31, 2014 Updates

If he’s back as planned for a 20th season, it will be the start of another rebuild. MSU loses seniors Keith Appling and Adreian Payne. Sophomore Gary Harris is projected by analysts as a first-round pick, though he has not made a decision yet. He and Payne could have gone pro a year ago. “That’s the last thing on my mind right now, honestly,” Harris said of the NBA after scoring 22 points Sunday. “For us to lose right now, I didn’t plan on the season being over.” Detroit Free Press

January 27, 2014 Updates
August 29, 2013 Updates

Spartans coach Tom Izzo knows he could very well be in need of a shooting guard to play immediately next season if Gary Harris were to declare for the NBA draft following his sophomore season. "(Coach Tom Izzo) just said that Gary Harris probably will be leaving so I'll have to come in and probably fill that spot right off and I'll get a chance to showcase my skills," Blackmon told SNY.tv. Booth Newspapers

April 18, 2013 Updates

Jerry Zgoda: Michigan State's Gary Harris announced today he's going back to school. There goes your No. 9 overall pick, Wolves Nation Twitter @JerryZgoda

Gary Harris is returning to Michigan State for his sophomore season, the school announced Thursday, leaving junior forward Adreian Payne as the last remaining question mark about next season's roster. Harris, the Big Ten freshman of the year and top freshman scorer last season (13.7 points per game in Big Ten games), was projected as an NBA lottery pick by ESPN's Chad Ford from about midseason on. Harris said in a released statement that he looked into his stock. But the 6-4 guard, who had injury issues with both shoulders and his back last season, opted to return — and he will not need surgery on the left shoulder, which gave him the most problems. USA Today Sports

April 4, 2013 Updates

Sources say (Gary Harris) is leaning toward staying in school and electing for shoulder surgery this summer, which could keep him out three to four months. If he does declare, I think he's a late lottery pick. But if he can get back to full health and have a great sophomore season, he could go even higher in 2014. ESPN.com

March 6, 2013 Updates

Donna (Michigan) I see you've listed Gary Harris amongtht elottery picks on your game. Do you thinks he's coming out and do yousee him fitting with the Pistons? Chad Ford (1:52 PM) Don't know if he's coming out. Hear that he's leaning toward returning for another year of school. He has various injuries including a shoulder that keeps popping out that I think he'd like to address this summer. But if he declares, I think he'll be a lottery pick and a very good fit on a team like the Pistons. Think he's a more athletic version of Arron Afflalo. ESPN.com

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