In the lead-up to the NBA Draft on June 26th, we are taking a closer look at several prospects the Wolves could potentially select with the 13th overall pick.
Wolves draft prospect profiles
Up next: Michigan State's Gary Harris
Position: Shooting guard
School: Michigan State
Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 205-pounds (from the NBA combine)
Accolades: All-Big Ten first team (2014), Big Ten All-Defensive team (2014), Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2013)
Mock draft projections:
ESPN.com (Chad Ford): No. 10 - Philadelphia
DraftExpress.com: No. 14 - Phoenix
CBSSports.com (Gary Parrish): No. 10 - Philadelphia
CBSSports.com (Zach Harper): No. 9 - Charlotte
BleacherReport.com: No. 11 - Denver
HoopsHype.com: No. 11 - Denver
Stats: After an eye-catching freshman season in which he averaged 12.9 points and shot 41.1 percent from 3-point range, Harris followed up with a solid encore performance. Harris was an almost constant force for a Michigan State squad that overcame bouts with injuries to make a run to the Elite Eight. Harris led the Spartans in scoring (16.7 ppg, 42.9% from the floor), also averaging 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
Notes: It's likely a longshot that Harris will still be available at No. 13, but the Michigan State standout would be a savvy pickup for the Wolves if he's still on the board. A strong shooter with versatile range, Harris' reputation as a relentless defender sets him apart from several of the other prospects that may be on the Wolves' radar. Flip Saunders' close familiarity with Tom Izzo and Michigan State could also heightened the Wolves' appeal to Harris.
"Harris has nice versatility for a shooting guard, starting with his excellent perimeter stroke ... He has good mechanics and range, and has the added bonus of being capable of coming off screens, which is another tool that can be utilized by his NBA coach in the half-court. If a defense is aggressively trying to take away his ability to make shots from beyond the arc, Harris knows how to create space for himself to get his jumper off in the mid-range, using his strong frame, and can also attack a closeout semi-effectively in a straight line to the rim."
"Harris played sporadic, in particular his shot selection, and there is some thought that he could fall out of the lottery because of it. Though a tad undersized at 6-foot-4, he has solid length, athleticism and good quickness. He also shows a textbook shooting form and range from deep. He didn't have the type of season shooting the ball as many anticipated, though he did finish the season strong and played well in the tournament. His ability to potentially be a combo guard gives him added intrigue."