#5 Manny Harris | G

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 185

Position: Shooting Guard

Team: Michigan

Class: Junior


Right handed… Harris has good size, excellent length and athleticism to play 2-guard in the NBA… He has a high basketball IQ, good court awareness and can make the right pass. He excels at finding the open man in transition or off his penetration into the lane… He is good mid-range shooter with a quick first step, which keeps defenders off balance and makes Harris so dangerous with the ball in his hands…  This season, he is reading the defense better and taking what they give him. Last season, he forced too many play and tried to create too much, resulting in turnovers or poor shots… He utilizes screens well on offense which he manly uses to get into the paint, creating contact and getting to the free-throw line… Harris is excellent at scoring off of the dribble. He has excellent ball moves, a solid mid-range game and the ability to finish at the rim. He also has the ability to back down a defender and score in the post… Harris is a stat filler- earlier this season, Harris had a triple-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, while only turning the ball over twice. He is currently averaging two steals per game…

Harris is much improved from last season. His decision-making is getting better. Through part of the 2009-10 season, Harris' points, rebounds, assists, steals and field-goal percentage are all up from last season, while his turnover rate is down from above 3.0 per game like it was his freshman and sophomore campaigns. This could be a product of improvement, maturity or coaching. Whatever the reason, can Harris keep it up? Michigan began the season as top-15 team before losing three straight games to Marquette, Alabama and Boston College. Since the Wolverines have lost to Utah and Kansas. Granted Kansas is the #1 team in the nation, but all of Michigan's losses have come on the road. You can't make win the Big Ten or make it very far in the NCAA Tournament if you can't win on the road. Will Harris change that? Will he take the team on his back and lead them to their first road victory? Harris is 6'5", 185 pounds, so he will definitely need to add more weight and muscle before competing at the next level. He will not be able to get open or get into the lane as easily as he does now.
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