MSU head coach Tom Izzo addresses the media following the Spartans NCAA Tournament run.
The Fourth-Seeded Spartans Will Play Connecticut on Sunday
Michigan State advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the sixth time in seven years, thanks to its 80-73 victory over No. 12 Harvard.
MSU won its three Big Ten Tournament games by an average of 12.7 points en route to winning the title.
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One of three players in MSU history to score 1,000 career points in just two seasons.
First-Team All-Big Ten honoree USBWA All-District Selection First-Team NABC All-District honoree Honorable mention Associated Press All-American Selected to Big Ten All-Tournament and NCAA Tournament All-East Regional teams Voted Michigan State Team MVP by both the media and his teammates Co-recipient of MSU's Best Defensive Player Award One of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award All-Big Ten Defensive Team honoree Appeared on both the Oscar Robertson Trophy and Naismith Award Midseason Watch Lists Led the team in scoring (16.7 ppg), steals (63), field goals made (195) and attempted (455), 3-point field goals made (81) and attempted (230), and free throws made (115) and attempted (142) Ranked third on the team in assists (94, 2.7 apg) Ranked fourth on the squad in rebounding (4.0 rpg) Ranked among the Big Ten leaders in 3-point field-goals made (4th, 2.3 pg), steals (5th, 1.8 spg), scoring (6th, 16.7 ppg), and free-throw percentage (8th, .810) In conference games, ranked among the Big Ten statistical leaders in steals (2nd, 2.3 spg), 3-point field-goals made (2nd, 2.5 pg), scoring (4th, 17.2 ppg), minutes (10th, 34.3 mpg), and free-throw percentage (14th, .779) Led MSU in scoring in 13 games, scoring in double-figures in 32 of 35 contests Scored 20 or more points in a team-best 11 contests Recorded his first-career double-double in the season opener against McNeese State with 20 points and 10 rebounds Scored a career-high 27 points against Michigan, hitting 9-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range Other top efforts included scoring 26 points at Indiana and 25 points at Purdue, including knocking down 6-of-9 3-pointers against the Boilermakers Grabbed five or more rebounds in 15 contests Dished out four or more assists in 10 contests, including a career-high six helpers in the season opener against McNeese State Recorded three or more steals in 12 contests, including totaling a career-high five thefts against New Orleans, at Indiana and at home against Indiana Scored his 1,000th career point in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament against Virginia Missed three games in late November through mid-December with an ankle sprain.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Spartan to win that honor (since 1986) Second-team All-Big Ten selection Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree Voted MSU Team MVP by his teammates Shared MSU's John E. Benington Best Defensive Player Award with Keith Appling One of eight finalists for the national Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award Appeared in 34 games, starting 33, averaging 29.7 minutes, ranking second on the team Would have averaged 30.6 minutes had he not injured his shoulder in the first 30 seconds of a game against Boise State (11/20), which forced him to miss the remainder of the game and the next two contests as well Averaged 12.9 points, ranking second on the team, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists Led the Spartans in 3-point field goals made (65), 3-point field-goals attempted (158) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.411) Averaged a team-best 13.7 points per game in Big Ten contests Turned in one of the top freshman campaigns in MSU history, ranking among the top Spartan freshman of all time in points (3rd, 439), scoring average (3rd, 12.9), field goals (3rd, 150), field-goal attempts (3rd, 329), 3-point field goals (2nd, 65), 3-point field-goal attempts (1st, 158), 3-point field-goal percentage (5th, .411), free throws (5th, 74), steals (2nd, 45), minutes played (t-2nd, 1010) Ranked 5th in the Big Ten in 3-point field-goal percentage (.411) Led all Big Ten freshmen in overall scoring (12.9 ppg) and in conference games (13.7 ppg), while also leading conference freshmen in free throw percentage (.766), 3-point field-goal percentage (.472) and 3-point field goals made (2.3 pg) in Big Ten games Three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Nov. 19, Dec. 10, Feb. 18) Became just the third Spartan freshman to open his career with three straight games in double-figures, a streak that was snapped due to injury; outside of his 1-minute game vs. Boise State, he scored in double figures in the first nine games of his career Scored in double figures in 26 games, including eight games of 17 or more points, and four games of 20 or more points Led MSU in scoring in 11 games Scored a season-high 23 points vs. Memphis (3/23) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Scored 22 points against Purdue (1/5), the alma mater of his mother Joy Harris (Holmes), an All-American for the Boilermakers Scored a team-high 21 points at Indiana (1/27) in his first college game in his home state, including hitting 5-of-10 3-pointers Notched his first career 20-point effort against Loyola-Chicago (12/8), hitting 7-of-11 shots, including 5-of-7 3-pointers Other top efforts included 18 points against No. 7 Kansas (11/13) and 19 points against No. 1 Indiana (2/19) Top rebounding efforts include eight rebounds against Miami (11/28), his first game back after missing two games and most of a third with a shoulder injury, and seven rebounds against Nebraska (1/13) Dished out a season-best five assists against Ohio State (2/24), and added four assists against both Minnesota (2/6) and Valparaiso (3/21) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Posted eight games with three or more steals, including a season-high four steals against Wisconsin (3/7).
2012 McDonald's All-American 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 Magazine All-American Averaged 25.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 4.0 steals as a senior for Coach Brian Satterfield at Hamilton Southeastern Scored a school record 610 points as a senior Shot 52.5 percent from the field and 79.0 percent from the foul line Finished career with a school-record 1540 points (16.7 ppg), 467 rebounds (5.1 rpg), 232 assists (2.5 apg) and 232 steals (2.5 spg) Led the Royals to a 22-3 record, advancing to the Class 4A sectional final His 35-foot buzzer beater vs. Indianapolis North Central was the No. 1 play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top Plays Played for Team USA as a member of the Junior National Select Team, playing at the Nike Hoop Summit in April 2012 Rated among the top players in the nation by ESPNU100 (No. 11), Scout.com (No. 16) and Rivals.com (No. 25) Ranked among the nation's top shooting guards by ESPNU100 (No. 2), Scout.com (No. 4) and Rivals.com (No. 7) 2011 Indiana Junior All-Star Averaged 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals as a junior Shot .356 from 3-point range and .771 from the foul line Led Hamilton Southeastern to a 20-4 record and a trip to the Class 4A regional finals, capturing just the second sectional championship in school history 2011 All-Hoosier Cross Roads Conference Indianapolis Star First Team honoree Hamilton County Player of the Year 2010-11 Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State selection Led Hamilton Southeastern to a 17-4 record as a sophomore Averaged 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals as a sophomore Also an outstanding football player - recorded 47 catches for 973 yards and 13 TDs as a senior wide receiver, while rushing for one more touchdown Tallied 54 catches, 860 yards and 14 TDs as a junior and 18 catches, 312 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore Won three league championships, adding a sectional championship as a senior.
Born Sept. 14, 1994 Son of Gary and Joy Harris His mother Joy (Holmes) was a four-year letterwinner at Purdue from 1988-91, and currently ranks seventh in school history with 1,747 points; a 1991 first-team Kodak/WBCA All-American, Joy played in the WNBA for the Detroit Shock in 2000 Marketing major.