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Gary Harris injured his left shoulder in 2012-13. He's since recovered.
Although at about 75 percent of full health, sophomore shooting guard Gary Harris is ready for the season.
The sharpshooter out of Fishers, Ind. injured his right ankle during workouts in late August and was expected to miss at least four to eight weeks because of it.
However, according to a recent reports, Harris is ahead of schedule.
"If there were a game right now, I would play," Harris said after practice on Oct. 5 (via ESPN's Jeff Goodman). "I'm probably about 75 percent."
"In another week, I'll be full-go."
Izzo said the following about Harris' road to recovery during an interview with SpartanMag.com's Jim Comparoni (subscription required):
He is way ahead of where we thought he would be the day he did it but we are not going to take any chances. He is gradually coming back. They are hoping he'll be able to do more than a few things for the first practice.
At times, they say he can do a lot. If it was in the middle of the season, would he play? Probably.
But I'm a little skeptical and protective on exactly what we're going to do. So we are definitely going to err on the side of caution.
That settles it. Oct. 12, "another week" from Oct. 5, has passed. Izzo approves. Harris should feel much better than he did on the day that he talked to Goodman.
That's great news for the Spartans, who will need Harris' 12.9 points per game—an average that could be closer to 15—this season.
Expecting Harris to be at full-tilt Oct. 29 is a stretch. For starters, consider the competition; he won't be needed much against Grand Valley State. In reality, being 100 percent for Nov. 12's clash with Kentucky in Chicago is probably the end goal.
Michigan State will require Harris' services as it contends with John Calipari's Wildcats.