Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/29/12

Gary Harris didn’t put up big numbers in his starting role at the McDonald’s All-American game but the buzz he’s been getting from Spartan followers and fans is warranted.

While he dropped only two points (from free throw shooting), five rebounds, three assists and two blocks, the guard’s smarts on the decision making front and versatile, controlled ball-handling skills on the fastbreak were a positive preview for Spartans fans already looking forward to next season.

The Indiana native turned down offers from basketball powerhouses like Ohio State, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Purdue and Illinois and will receive a nice welcome as a new addition to Tom Izzo’s team.

While the ties to stay in state were strong–his mother, Joy Harris, was an All-American basketball player at Purdue and his childhood pal and fellow McDonald All-American player Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell is IU bound–Harris decided ultimately to take his talents to the court at the Breslin Center.

The incoming freshman is ranked tenth in Chad Ford’s ESPN top incoming recruits list and his ability to attack the basket, as noted by some of his fellow McDonald All-American players is a skill that could help him see more playing time next season in East Lansing. The former Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year plays an aggressive game that’s well-suited for the physical play of the Big Ten.

Michigan State has the sixth-best recruiting class with four ESPNU 1oo players, but Harris has definitely gotten the most buzz.  He is the 25th ranked player in the Rivals150 class of 2012 and the 12th ranked player by Scout.com.

ESPN’s Ford noted that the 6’4 shooting guard ball handling skills are solid and similar to his future teammate Keith Appling, Harris possess a set of speedy wheels that could have Izzo salivating at his fast break options.

He displayed an early preview of the skills he possess in the McDonald’s All-American game. A Jordan and Hoops summit participant, Harris is the number one ranked shooting guard in this 2012 class and dazzled at the 2011 Lebron James Skills Academy.

While Harris is described as being a good mid range shooter and solid finisher, he needs to develop his range and tends to be streaky. As well, Ford noted that the guard is a bit undersized for his position.

This season as a senior at Hamilton Southeastern in Fishers, Ind., Harris averaged 25.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.7 assists per game and lead the Royals (22-3) to the Class 4A sectional final. Last season, as a junior, Harris lead the Royals to its second sectional championship while averaging 18.6 point per game. The outstanding player got it done on both ends of the floor while playing inside and outside for the Royals. His athletic talent wasn’t just limited to the hardwood–Harris was a terrific wide receiver for the high school’s football team and managed a 3.5 GPA.

 

 

 

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