In what seemed more like a matter of "when" than "if", sophomore shooting guard Gary Harris declared that he will forego his final two years of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft. From Harris:
"This was not an easy decision; just like last season, I had to make a tough decision. There hasn't been a single day where I regretted my decision to return for my sophomore season. It was the right decision for me and I'm better prepared for a successful NBA career because of it. On top of that, I have another season of memories from being around this year's team. But now it's time to chase my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.
"There's not a doubt in my mind that I'm going to miss Michigan State. There won't be a bigger Spartan fan than me next season. I'll be playing basketball somewhere else next season, but I'll always be a Spartan. This is my home, and I'm already looking forward to coming back to campus whenever I can, just like all the great Spartans and former players before me."
"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.
"The cool thing about this process is that numerous times Gary has expressed to me his desire to always be an active part of this program. Given the relationships he's developed with his teammates, his coaches, and former players, he's going to be a valuable resource for me next season."
And from Gary's parents:
"We would like to thank Coach Izzo, his assistants and everyone associated with the Michigan State basketball program for all the support they've shown our son over the years. That includes the assistance they've provided during this process, in which they've always looked after Gary's best interests. Like Gary, we are committed to remaining a part of the Spartan basketball program and look forward to attending the former parents' reunion for years to come. We will make sure that Gary works towards his Michigan State degree in the near future."
While we'll miss Gary next season, he's a lock to go in the first round. He had to go. As for the Spartans next season, they'll have plenty of people take turns at shooting guard next season (Denzel Valentine, Alvin Ellis, Javon Bess, even Travis Trice if Trice and Lourawls Nairn are on the court at the same time). That said, Gary will be greatly missed next season, and we wish him all the best in the NBA next season.