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Yeah I have no clue who is out there but a Brandon Wood type would be nice to get just for 1 year to help transition to whoever we get in the '14 class
Pretty much this. Harris is a special player but translates to a tweener at the next level.
Harris will be fine as a 2 guard at the next level. Out of hs some compared him to Eric Gordon. He has done fine in the league.
If Gary were just a shooter I agree that he would struggle to make it (think Summers). But harris is athletic, can dribble, shoot, attack the rim and play defense. He will be fine.
The Shermantor will lead this class.
So Green and now potentially Dawson, Harris... should quiet a lot of the "not putting people in the league" crowd.
This is what I'm hoping, because I think he has the talent. If he keeps playing the way he is right now, I'm not so sure he'll be back. I think everyone else returns.
Yeah....that is kind of my thought.
Serious question -- is Harris the best true freshman to play under Izzo, ever?
Anyway, I watch a good amount of NBA basketball and wouldn't rush any of our players out the door just yet. They are a heckuva unit right now playing for the best coach in college basketball, but as individual talents, none of them are ready for the grind of an 82-game NBA season. Certainly none of them would come right into a team and start or get more than a few minutes.
Payne, whom I would have said had no chance at making an NBA roster ever at the beginning of this season, is probably the most ready. But even he would get eaten alive by the strength and quickness of NBA four-men right now.
Dawson needs a LOT of improvement on his handles and needs a season's worth of demonstrating a consistent jumper. You just can't play in the NBA if you're a SF and can't hit an open 12-footer almost automatically. That's why guys like Carl Landry stick around for so long and other guys end up in Europe in 2-3 years.
Harris, well, the Eric Gordon comparisons are legit, but he needs to get healthy and show a little bit more variety on offense. Mo Ager and Shannon Brown got drafted in the first round when they proved they could slash to the basket, create their own shot.
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Harris reminds me of Charlie Bell... In his junior/senior year nailing them 3s.
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Gary isn't nearly the rebounder Charlie was but other than that... yeah, Izzo was spot-on when he said that Harris was "Charlie Bell plus."
The fact that he is delivering like Bell as a true freshmen makes me wonder how he'd be if he chose to stay for another year or two.
The potential is there for him to be a great rebounder, but they've held him out of a lot of the rebounding drills because of his shoulders and back.
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Harris is having trouble staying healthy playing 30 college games. He needs some more time to get stronger.
if he gets a first round promise, he should go
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Dont think Dawson or Appling have a chance this year due to the lack of a consistent perimeter jumper.
However, if Payne and Harris both bolt, I do not see us competing for 1st in the B1G next year (assuming 0 for the '13 class).
Yes. I think he is the best freshman to play under Izzo. Only other guard that was on his level(stats wise) was Chris Hill.
I will say that Harris has been counted on a lot more and has played more minutes than most of our freshmen of the past.
What the team accomplishes this season could also hold some bearing on what Harris decides to do. If they don't win it all or make a deep run, there might be some motivation to come back for unfinished business, regardless of where he stands in the draft. Just a thought.
I know what you're saying, but in this case I can make a good argument about why both of those statements are true. I think Izzo and NBA scouts will concur.
Harris will continue to impress, though he's mosty staying on the perimeter now due to his shoulder injuries. He'll get healthy, come back strong, showcase his expanded game next year in an MSU uniform, and then be a lotter pick in the spring of 2014.
I actually agree with this statement. If he comes back, stays healthy, and continues to expand his game, he could be a top 10 draft pick. This kid has a mountain of potential as just a freshmen - is shot is natural and his defensive skills are fantastic.
Makes me wonder what he would have done last year with Day Day. I'm sure Thursday's practice got him feeling good with Draymond around. He just gets the best out of freshmen not named Byrd.
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Honestly, if enough NBA teams feel he's a first rounder...I've got no problem losing him, as it would be nice to be seen as a program where you can easily get to the NBA (one and done possible) and it would mean that we probably finish very very strong.
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Why? Last pick of the 1st round or a top ten pick? More money comes with the latter.
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
His father...that's all.
He's up to number 17 on Ford's "Big Board"
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