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Harris’ preseason expectations were as lofty as anyone’s. The sharpshooting sophomore was dubbed as the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, per CBS Sports, and was expected to fuel the Spartans to a Big Ten title.
In the latter regard, that didn’t happen. But he still has an outside chance to be crowned as the best player in the conference, although the likelihood is slim.
His second campaign in the green and white has been up-and-down but overall productive.
The former Mr. Indiana Basketball winner is only .1 of a point from being the conference’s leading scorer and is fourth in the Big Ten in three-pointers made. At times, he was relied on perhaps unfairly because of the constant injuries to teammates.
Not only was he asked to the shoulder the offensive load but also to make plays defensively. He certainly did.
Harris has exceptionally quick feet, hands and instincts on the defensive end, which is why he is third in the Big Ten at 1.96 steals per game.
A tremendous two-way player who doesn’t possess a glaring flaw in his skill set sums up Harris.
His sophomore season has validated the lofty expectations that others had placed on him before this season.