Michigan State received some relieving news Wednesday, as an MRI revealed freshman guard Gary Harris has a left shoulder sprain. Coach Tom Izzo feared Tuesday it could be much worse, but Harris is only expected to miss 2-3 weeks.
“It’s a shame. Gary was playing so well, and then he goes down with a freak injury,” Izzo said in a statement. “We need to get him back as soon as his injury allows, but he is one of our toughest players. I know he’ll work as hard as he can on the rehab, so that he can get back on the court.”
Harris went down with the shoulder injury just 31 seconds into Tuesday’s game against Boise State after taking a hard bump on a Broncos screen.
“I’m not saying it was a flagrant call, but it was a good hit,” coach Tom Izzo said after the game. We have this thing where if arms go up, that means it’s a flagrant. He got hit pretty good on a moving screen and knocked his shoulder out.”
Harris entered Tuesday’s game averaging 16 points through three games this season, shooting 51 percent from the field. He was 4 of 14 on 3-point attempts and became only the third MSU freshman to score double-digit points in his first three games alongside Sam Vincent and Raymar Morgan.
He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week following an 18-point performance in the Spartans’ win over Kansas. Harris also had 19 points and was 7 of 10 from the floor in Sunday’s 69-41 win over Texas Southern.