Spring Scouting: Gary Harris

Inside the Hall continues its series of scouting notes from the spring AAU circuit today with Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris.

(PreviouslyJames Blackmon Jr.Trey LylesMark DonnalJaquan LyleHanner Perea, Devin Davis Jr., Collin Hartman)

After watching the 2012 five-star guard at a variety of events, here are our thoughts on the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Harris:

– Explosive Athlete: Harris is an electrifying athlete when attacking the rim. His impressive leaping ability allows him to dunk over opponents in traffic or in transition. He also uses his leaping ability to get off the floor to rebound the ball well and contest shots on the perimeter.

– Improved Shooter: A year ago, people questioned the Hamilton Southeastern guard’s shooting consistency. Perimeter shooting, which was once a question mark of Harris’ game, is now one of his strongest offensive weapons. He can knock down jumpers off the dribble, in transition or coming off screens in a half court set.

– Strong going to the rack: Harris has an attacking mentality off the bounce. The 6-foot-4 guard has exceptional quickness and a reliable handle which helps him to get to the rim. Harris can finish with either hand and has a knack for drawing contact and getting to the foul line.

– Perimeter defender: Harris has the potential to be a shutdown defender on the wing. He has a great blend of athleticism, footwork, intelligence and length that allows him to lock up opponents. Harris also plays the passing lanes well which often leads to steals or deflections.

– Harris on what he’s trying to improve: “I would say my consistency shooting the ball, but that’s not just the main thing. I’m trying to work on all parts of my game because there’s no one part that’s good and can’t get any better. I’m just trying to make my total game better and work on all aspects of my game.”

Watch video of Harris from April’s IndyBall.com Shootout after the jump …

  • Anonymous

    he looks good in red

  • Anonymous

    he looks good in red

  • Anonymous

    he looks good in red

  • Anonymous

    He’s the guy that would take IU from being a B10 contender to a National Championship contender, in my opinion. I love his game.

  • Anonymous

    He’s the guy that would take IU from being a B10 contender to a National Championship contender, in my opinion. I love his game.

  • Kelin Blab

    Am I the only person who is refusing to get excited about Harris possibly coming to IU because you feel guilty about being a little recruiting greed with the 2012 class?

    Having said that…Interesting thing I just read about Harris, he will be attending Chris Pauls PG skills camp. As if he needs to dominate every position…next thing we will hear is he is attending the Pete Newell Big Man’s camp.

  • Kelin Blab

    Am I the only person who is refusing to get excited about Harris possibly coming to IU because you feel guilty about being a little recruiting greed with the 2012 class?

    Having said that…Interesting thing I just read about Harris, he will be attending Chris Pauls PG skills camp. As if he needs to dominate every position…next thing we will hear is he is attending the Pete Newell Big Man’s camp.

  • ldiu

    I would not feel guilty in getting Harris, but I sure would like to see some recruits that are 6’10″+ come on board.

  • Kelin Blab

    I blame today’s parents for not allowing their kids to grow up and be post players. GOD bless my parents who raised a very talented 6’2 high school center and proud of it! (Maybe that’s why IU never called me)

  • Anonymous

    Although Gary may have a little more athleticism, he reminds me a lot of James Harden from Ok City Thunder.

    I haven’t seen Gary play live, so its hard to tell, but its hard to tell if he is the type of a guy who can take over a game and score at will, create his own shot on call, etc.  Regardless, I wouldn’t turn down that skill, size and athleticism any day of the week. 

    I don’t think our future is made or broke at this point if we don’t get Gary.  That said, I like taking our chances with him and would be thrilled if we had a commitment from him.  If anything, I would get sick if he went to MSU or PU. 

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    Harris is a game changer.  I know he is watching the Miami/Dallas series and I hope he is rooting for Wade.  Same size great slasher, athletic, and a winner…Need to have Joe give Wade a call to get this guy on board….This would cement IU bball as a premier team for as long as he stays…love his game.

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    Harris is a game changer.  I know he is watching the Miami/Dallas series and I hope he is rooting for Wade.  Same size great slasher, athletic, and a winner…Need to have Joe give Wade a call to get this guy on board….This would cement IU bball as a premier team for as long as he stays…love his game.

  • Anonymous

    As much as I like the fact that Wade played for Crean and it may be a beneficial recruiting tool for us I wish nothing but the worst for that team down in Miami.  Start celebrating with 7 plus minutes to go like your’e kings of the world and then Dirk and the Boys (With Cuban the IU connection) take them to school. 

    Go Mavs

    On a side note please sign up Harris but if not then get Mitch on board.  Probably need Mitch a little more actually.  Would love to have either and both would solidify the class as a top two or three in the country. 

  • Anonymous

    I know some say that it’s just gravy if we get Gary, but I saw him play a couple of games and in my opinion, he is probably the best player out of all of them based on current ability and potential.  His weak spots are minimal and not glaring, and quickly overcome with his athletic ability.  I think he’s a smart player too.  Too good not to be really upset if he doesn’t come.  Give these 6 along with the rest of the fellas, and we could be hanging a banner.  I like our chances better if Gary is on our team.

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    Lebron 1 on 5 missing contested 3s after dribbling the ball for 23 seconds ( Wade with a hot hand watching him) at the end. They were celebrating early – and got what they deserved – and now we have a series…agree with you I too am rooting for Dallas since I am a dinasaur ….this harris kid has tools and will gain strength and CTC knows how to develop this type of talent – that is why IU is a good fit for him…

  • Anonymous

    I love it!  Harris would make this class irrefutably the top dogs of the Big 10; quite possibly the nation. 

  • Anonymous

    I love it!  Harris would make this class irrefutably the top dogs of the Big 10; quite possibly the nation. 

  • Anonymous

    I am agreeing with you right now…..I think Harris is the NBA type player IU needs to reach the big leagues

  • Anonymous

    that dunk around the 45 second mark was sick……..I would not want to watch him playing for a different team.  What’s he looking for in a school?

  • http://twitter.com/JamieOwens JamieOwens

    In the picture he is posterizing Hanner. 

  • http://twitter.com/JamieOwens JamieOwens

    In the picture he is posterizing Hanner. 

  • http://twitter.com/JamieOwens JamieOwens

    In the picture he is posterizing Hanner. 

  • http://twitter.com/JamieOwens JamieOwens

    Don’t discount Buss. He is almost as explosive as Harris. 

  • http://twitter.com/JamieOwens JamieOwens

    Don’t discount Buss. He is almost as explosive as Harris. 

  • http://twitter.com/JamieOwens JamieOwens

    Don’t discount Buss. He is almost as explosive as Harris. 

  • http://twitter.com/JamieOwens JamieOwens

    Don’t discount Buss. He is almost as explosive as Harris. 

  • http://twitter.com/JamieOwens JamieOwens

    Don’t discount Buss. He is almost as explosive as Harris. 

  • Anonymous

    The dribbling thing is just LeBron being LeBron.  He did it in Cleveland and it drove people crazy up here (note I am not a Cleveland fan but I live here).  Local radio guy called it the Stanky Leg Offense where LeBron would just dribble the clock down and hoist a prayer and wait for accolades if it went in and if not so what. 

  • Anonymous

    McGary.  Rated higher but that’s not the main reason.  The main reason is that IU needs a big that can fill up space and also score and he seems to fit the bill.  Patterson also plays the same position as Harris but no one plays the same position as McGary I think he’s 6’11″ and 255 now a real monster inside and skilled.

  • Anonymous

    McGary.  Rated higher but that’s not the main reason.  The main reason is that IU needs a big that can fill up space and also score and he seems to fit the bill.  Patterson also plays the same position as Harris but no one plays the same position as McGary I think he’s 6’11″ and 255 now a real monster inside and skilled.

  • Anonymous

    McGary.  Rated higher but that’s not the main reason.  The main reason is that IU needs a big that can fill up space and also score and he seems to fit the bill.  Patterson also plays the same position as Harris but no one plays the same position as McGary I think he’s 6’11″ and 255 now a real monster inside and skilled.

  • Anonymous

    McGary.  Rated higher but that’s not the main reason.  The main reason is that IU needs a big that can fill up space and also score and he seems to fit the bill.  Patterson also plays the same position as Harris but no one plays the same position as McGary I think he’s 6’11″ and 255 now a real monster inside and skilled.

  • Anonymous

    Buss is Patterson.

  • deedubbadoo

    Sounds eerily similar to the Mike Davis offense to me.

  • Plane1972

    I have not seen Harris play in person either, but I live in OKC and have gotten a large sampling of Harden’s play. Harden is becoming a very good player in the NBA and once he becomes a solid defender, he is going to crack the starting lineup in OKC. Another bold draft success by Sam Presti.
     
    However, by the sounds of it, Harris seems more like a Russell Westbrook to me. A true combo guard – a guy who can run the point if needed but can score in a variety of ways like a two. That picture above even looks like Russell Westbrook in his ability to elevate over people.

  • Anonymous

    I won’t ever feel guilty until we have more banners than Westwood…and even then I probably won’t admit guilt.

    I brought this up about a year ago and I am a little concerned about the guard to post-player recruiting ratio.  I’m certainly not going to knock what CTC is doing, but at some point I’m worried about how these combo guards match up with big guys at Wisco and MSU and how we’ll fare down low.  Cody and Hanner can’t do it all.  I’d love to see you suit up and be our 6’2 answer on the block, haha.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely Hanner.  Hopefully we won’t see that picture ever again.

  • Anonymous

    Harris is undoubtedly the only nba ready talent and, while he won’t make or break IU’s future, this kid would do more for the team than anyone (other than CZ) in years.  When you have guys like Buss coming off the bench you’re deep and when guys like Buss don’t have to start until their Soph/Jr year they’re going to be that much better.

  • Anonymous

    looks like HP may have had position and was trying to draw the foul. If it was called, that’s not posterizing, it’s good “D” 

    PS – Harris is a stud though.

  • We Are Back 2012

    No disrespect to Buss, but he is not even close to Harris’s league. 

  • We Are Back 2012

    No disrespect to Buss, but he is not even close to Harris’s league. 

  • Anonymous

    I think you meant Hollowell.

  • guest

    Looks like a foul to me.

  • http://twitter.com/clsinn Clayton Sinn

    doesn’t look like IU will be getting McGary unfortunately, he has said he hasn’t spoken to IU in about 2 month. 

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Michigan might be on his list, but they’re hardly in the hunt.

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