In the shadow of the Michigan State – Loyola-Chicago game, Gary Harris was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. This is the second Big Ten Freshman of the Week Award for Harris, presented after he scored twenty points to lead his team to a 12-point lead win.
Harris, from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana, is no stranger to recognition for his talent. At the end of his senior year, he took home the 2012 McDonald’s All American award along with the following honors:
- 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee
- 2012 Indianapolis Star Indiana Mr. Basketball winner
- 2012 Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year
- 2012 Indiana All-Star, earning MVP honors in the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series
- 2012 Parade All American
- Averaged 25.4 points
There is no doubt that this future marketing major packs a punch when he dribbles down the court and shoots. In the latest game, he scored his college career record of 20 points in a single game. Harris was also recognized as Big Ten Freshman of the Week earlier in the season when his points scored per game averaged 18 against Kansas University and Texas Southern University. So far, he is averaging 13 points per game for the Spartans this season. He has outstanding skill when shooting outside, and his speed and athleticism make him an essential part of the MSU Spartans basketball team.
His recent success comes on the heels of an injury to his shoulder that caused him to wear a brace. Following the December 8th game against Loyola-Chicago, Spartans head coach Tom Izzo said:
I don’t know if he realizes it yet, because he is a very unselfish kid. He took the brace off today which I’m not sure if I like. I might be fist-fighting the doctor tonight, but I think it is more mental than it is physical. Other than that first game when he was 1-7 from the three point line, he has shot about 40%, and he works hard at it. He has a chance to be a great player and tonight I thought he started getting his feet ready. People are starting to get a feel for one another.”
Harris definitely has star potential. It will be interesting to watch him develop with the MSU Spartans over time. He’s certainly making a splash and gaining recognition as a Big Ten player to watch.