NBA Draft 2014 Player Profile: Gary Harris
Randy Looks at the Top Prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft
NBA Draft: June 26, 2014
USA TODAY Sports
Stats: 12.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.4 APG
Notes: Gary Harris was Indiana Mr. Basketball in 2012, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and one of the 30 finalists for Naismith College Player of the Year as a sophomore.
Strengths: Harris is a big, strong guard who slashes to the rim and looks for contact. He’s capable of getting any shot he wants whether it be a floater in the lane of shooting it from deep. While Harris is an inconsistent shooter, he did improve his field goal percentage to 45.6 percent and 41.1 percent from beyond the arc. Harris has a pretty pull up jumper and is a solid free throw shooter at 75.5 percent his sophomore season. Defensively, Harris does a lot of the little thing right such as drawing charges and using his quick hands to come away with steals. He has quick feet that allow him to stay in front of the ball handler and force a tough shot.
Weaknesses: Harris isn’t the most athletic guard in this class and could struggle against faster and quicker players at the next level. Harris also has a questionable shot selection at times and can tend to force the issue offensively. He also has to improve to shot consistency, as he can be a little streaky as far as his mid-range game is concerned.
Projection: Harris is one of the more underrated players in this draft class. He isn’t talked about much, but he’s certainly a first round pick who could be a solid contributor off the bench right away before working his way into the starting lineup. Harris is a good kid who does a lot of things right and could develop into a solid starter once he tweaks his game a bit on the offensive end.