June 11, 2014
EAST LANSING, Michigan - Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo announced Wednesday the addition of transfer Eron Harris. A 6-foot-3 guard, Harris averaged 17.2 points as a sophomore at West Virginia last season, ranking second on the Mountaineer squad and earning All-Big 12 honorable mention honors. He is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, where he attended Lawrence North High School.
"I'm ecstatic to have another Harris from Indianapolis, although Eron has some big shoes to fill," said MSU coach Tom Izzo, referring to Gary Harris (no relation), a 2014 first-team All-Big Ten honoree from Fishers, Indiana. "We are fortunate to add a player that we believe is one of the best shooters in the country. He's played for a great program and a great coach in Bob Huggins for the last two seasons, and has turned in some of his best performances against the best teams in the Big 12.
"Eron brings maturity and a burning desire to improve and compete for championships. He comes from a great family, and we all really connected during his visit. You can tell that they have raised him well as he talked about the importance of getting his degree, and the desire to get better as a player."
Harris ranked fourth in the Big 12 in scoring in 2013-14, and established himself among the most dynamic shooters, ranking third in the conference in 3-point field-goal percentage (.422) and free-throw percentage (.856), fourth in 3-point field goals made (2.7 pg), and 11th in field-goal percentage (.438). In addition to honorable mention all-conference honors, he earned all-district accolades from the United States Basketball Writers Association. A prolific scorer, he totaled a career high 33 points against Duquesne and also scored 32 points against Baylor and a team-high 28 points in a win over No. 8 Kansas, including hitting five 3-pointers. On the season, he started 31 of 32 contests, averaging 31.4 minutes per game. He also averaged 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
As a freshman, Harris started 17 of 31 contests, averaging a team-best 9.8 points per contest. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors and led the Mountaineers with 44 3-point field goals.
In two seasons, he has totaled 876 points, and has scored in double figures in 46 of 64 career games. He is 133-of-336 (.396) from 3-point range for his career.
In high school, Harris attended Lawrence North, the same school that produced former Spartan Chris Hill.