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.
(Previously: James Blackmon Jr., Trey Lyles, Mark Donnal, Jaquan Lyle, Hanner 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 …
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