Gary Harris

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Gary Harris
No. 14 – Denver Nuggets
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-09-14) September 14, 1994 (age 22)
Fishers, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Hamilton Southeastern
(Fishers, Indiana)
College Michigan State (2012–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards

Gary Harris (born September 14, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Michigan State University.[1]

High school career[edit]

Harris attended Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana. As a sophomore in 2009–10, he averaged 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals per game as he led Hamilton SE to a 17–4 record. As a junior in 2010–11, he averaged 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game as he led the Royals to a 20–4 record and a trip to the Class 4A regional finals, capturing just the second sectional championship in school history.[2]

In November 2011, Harris signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for Michigan State University.[1]

As a senior in 2011–12, Harris averaged 25.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 4.0 steals per game as he led the Royals to a 22–3 record, advancing to the Class 4A sectional final. He finished his high school career with a school-record 1540 points (16.7 ppg), 467 rebounds (5.1 rpg), 232 assists (2.5 apg) and 232 steals (2.5 spg).[2]

Harris was rated among the top players in the nation by ESPNU100 (No. 11), Scout.com (No. 16) and Rivals.com (No. 25). He was also ranked among the nation's top shooting guards by ESPNU100 (No. 2), Scout.com (No. 4) and Rivals.com (No. 7).[2]

Harris was also an outstanding football player at Hamilton SE, playing wide receiver in his sophomore, junior and senior years. He won three league championships, while also adding a sectional championship as a senior.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee
  • 2012 Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year
  • 2012 Indiana All-Star
  • 2012 Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series MVP
  • 2012 First-team Parade All-American
  • 2011 Indiana Junior All-Star
  • 2011 All-Hoosier Cross Roads Conference
  • 2011 Indianapolis Star First Team honoree
  • 2011 Hamilton County Player of the Year
  • 2011 Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State selection

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Michigan State in 2012–13, Harris was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Spartan to win the award since 1986. He was also a second-team All-Big Ten selection and a Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree. In 34 games (33 starts), he averaged 12.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 29.7 minutes per game.[2][3]

As a sophomore in 2013–14, Harris earned first-team All-Big Ten, All-Big Ten Defensive Team, USBWA All-District selection, first-team NABC All-District, and an honorable mention Associated Press All-American honors. In the season opener against McNeese State, he recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. On January 25, 2014, he recorded a career-high 27 points against Michigan. In 35 games, he averaged 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals in 32.3 minutes per game.[2][3]

On April 14, 2014, Harris declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Denver Nuggets (2014–present)[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Harris was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. He was later traded to the Denver Nuggets on draft night.[5] On July 31, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Nuggets after averaging 18.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.0 assists in five Summer League games for the team.[6] After missing the first seven games of the 2014–15 season due to a back injury, Harris made his NBA debut on November 14 against the Indiana Pacers. In 18 minutes of action, he recorded 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in a 108–87 win.[7] He did not manage to eclipse that scoring total for the rest of the season, tying his season high of 13 points in the second last game of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers.[8]

In July 2015, Harris re-joined the Nuggets for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[9] On October 11, the Nuggets exercised their third-year team option on Harris' rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season.[10] He earned the Nuggets' starting shooting guard spot for the 2015–16 season, going on to score a then career-high 20 points on November 20 in a loss to the Phoenix Suns.[11] Harris missed a string of six games between November 28 and December 8 due to a concussion he suffered against the San Antonio Spurs on November 27.[12] He returned to action on December 11 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, starting in his 17th game of the season and scoring 12 points in a 111–108 win.[13] In the following game on December 14, Harris scored a career-high 21 points in a 114–108 win over the Houston Rockets.[14] He tied that career high on December 22, scoring 21 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.[15] Harris had another 21-point effort on March 4, 2016 in an overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets.[16] In 2015–16, Harris was just one of seven players to average 12+ points, shoot 47% from the field, 35% from three, and 81% from the free throw line.[17] During the 2016 off-season, he was part of the USA Men's Select Team, a team selected to train with the USA Basketball Men's National Team in preparation for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.[18]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Denver 55 6 13.1 .304 .204 .745 1.2 .5 .7 .1 3.4
2015–16 Denver 76 76 32.1 .469 .354 .820 2.9 1.9 1.3 .2 12.3
Career 131 82 24.1 .433 .315 .800 2.2 1.3 1.0 .2 8.5

Personal life[edit]

Harris is the son of Gary and Joy Harris (née Holmes). Joy was a four-year letterwinner at Purdue from 1987 to 1991, and currently ranks seventh in school history with 1,747 points; a 1991 first-team Kodak/WBCA All-American, she went on to play in the WNBA for the Detroit Shock in 2000.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gary Harris commits to Michigan St.". ESPN.com. November 9, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Gary Harris Bio". msuspartans.com. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Gary Harris Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Michigan State Spartans' Star Sophomore Guard, Gary Harris, Declares for the NBA Draft". SportsMedia101.com. April 14, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nuggets get Gary Harris, Jusuf Nurkic in first round of 2014 NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Denver Nuggets Sign First-Round Picks Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris". NBA.com. July 31, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Balanced Nuggets rout Pacers 108-87". NBA.com. November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gary Harris 2014-15 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Summer Nuggets: Gary Harris". NBA.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Nuggets Exercise Options on Harris and Nurkić". NBA.com. October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Gary Harris 2015-16 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ "REPORT: Gary Harris set to make his return to the court". MileHighSports.com. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Gallinari's 23 lead Nuggets past Timberwolves in OT, 111-108". NBA.com. December 11, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Nuggets survive shoe-toss technical, hold off Rockets". NBA.com. December 14, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bryant scores 31 as Lakers beat Nuggets 111-107". NBA.com. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Lopez tips in with 0.4 seconds left in OT, Nets beat Nuggets". NBA.com. March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ Huang, Jonathan (April 20, 2016). "Season Review: Gary Harris". NBA.com. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  18. ^ Huang, Jonathan (June 7, 2016). "USA Basketball Names 2016 Men's Select Team". NBA.com. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 

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