Monday afternoon, Michigan State Spartans sophomore guard Gary Harris officially declared for the 2014 NBA Draft after some deliberation following the team’s season-ending loss in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.
Shortly after the announcement, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, who was an integral part of helping Harris decide whether to stay or go, released a statement through the school.
“This is a happy day not only for Gary and his family, but also for Tom Izzo and the Spartan basketball program. Seeing a player realize his dream is one of the proudest moments for a coach. I always say you get what you deserve, and no one has worked harder over the last two years to prepare for this moment than Gary Harris. He’s done everything asked of him and more on the court, in the classroom and in the community. And although we all knew that there would be a decision to make regarding the NBA, his focus was 100 percent on Michigan State and his teammates.
“Not only do I fully support and celebrate Gary’s decision, but after my information gathering process, I recommend it. I expect Gary to be a high pick in the draft, but more importantly, I know that he is well prepared for a long career.
Harris stated that he would sit down with not only family, but Izzo as well in making this decision, and Izzo said that if he felt Harris stacked up well with the rest of the guard prospects, that he would advise him to leave.
I suppose Izzo really likes Harris’ chances in the June event.