Friday, April 13, 2012

Future Spartan Gary Harris keeps busy

Gary Harris takes it to rack at the Nike Hoops Summit
With the high school basketball season long gone and AAU games out of sight all what's left for today's top high school prospects is the all-star game circuit. Top players from all over the country are selected to play in the McDonald's All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic. Additionally some players from this year's high school senior class were selected to play for the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team for the Nike Hoops Summit, which pits America’s top seniors against some of the most impressive young international players.

Future Michigan State star and Indiana Mr. Basketball winner, Gary Harris is one of the few elite players that was selected to participate in all three events.

In the McDonald's All-American (3/28/12) game Harris' East squad fell to the West 106-102. After battling through a pulled groin injury Harris scored two points on 0-for-3 shooting for the East team. He added five rebounds, three assists, two blocks, a steal and a turnover in 15 minutes. After the game Harris said "It was definitely not my best showing, but it was an all-star game and that's just how it goes sometimes. It was a good week. I really enjoyed myself and built some relationships with these guys and had a good time."

At the Nike Hoop Summit (4/7/12) Harris had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the USA Team's 84-75 loss to a team of international players at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR. During the game, Fox Sports broadcaster Ernie Kent praised the guard as a prototypical Michigan State player."Strong, smart, tough on defense, knock down open shots," the former Oregon coach said of Harris after watching him in practice earlier in the week. "I thought he was a great communicator. He talks to you eye-to-eye. Just a great kid."

Up next for the future Spartan is the Jordan Brand Classic this Saturday (4/14/12) at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. With a few sub-par games statistically, look for Harris to establish himself as the premier shooting guard in this game. The game will be televised on ESPN at 7:00pm EST. Make sure to tune in!

Rosters for the Jordan Brand Classic game are below: 

East Team (Home)
Name School Position College
Kyle Anderson St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) PG UCLA
Kris Dunn New London (New London, Conn.) PG Providence
Jerami Grant DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) PF Syracuse
Gary Harris Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.) SF Michigan State
Brice Johnson Edisto (Cordova, S.C.) PF North Carolina
Ricardo Ledo South Kent (South Kent, Conn.) SF Providence
Nerlens Noel Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) C Kentucky
Tony Parker Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) PF Undecided
Rodney Purvis Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) SG N.C. State
Kaleb Tarczweski St. Mark's (Southborough, Mass.) C Arizona
J.P. Tokoto Menomonee Falls (Menomonee, Wis.) SF North Carolina

West Team(Away)
Name School Position College
Steven Adams Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.) C Pittsburgh
Brandon Ashley Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) PF Arizona
Isaiah Austin Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas) C Baylor
Anthony Bennett Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) PF Undecided
Archie Goodwin Sylvan Hills (Little Rock, Ark.) SG Kentucky
Danuel House Hightower (Houston) SG Houston
Grant Jerrett La Verne Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.) PF Arizona
Shabazz Muhammad Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) SF UCLA
Marcus Paige Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa) PG North Carolina
Alex Poythress Northeast (Clarksville, Tenn.) SF Kentucky
Rasheed Sulaimon Strake Jesuit (Houston) SG Duke

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