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This lone question has Spartans fans nervous and uneasy, as Harris and Dawson make this team a Big Ten contender. Without them, Michigan State is unlikely to top the reloaded Michigan Wolverines and Wisconsin Badgers.
Harris is a guaranteed first-round pick in the NBA draft, if he were to enter. The 6'4" shooting guard's offensive repertoire is as complete as any 2-guard in the country. He hits perimeter shots, has a solid mid-range game, has fantastic touch and can explode around the rim.
From an offensive standpoint, Harris will anchor the Spartans upon his return. The team's leading scorer will help aid the departures of Adreian Payne and Keith Appling.
From a defensive and rebounding perspective, Dawson is someone that Michigan State desperately needs to return. Without Payne occupying the paint, Dawson, at only 6'6", will be the lone key frontcourt player back.
He led the team with 8.3 rebounds per game. His defensive tenacity and ability to guard a plethora of positions make him a rarity.
In addition to his scrappy defense and explosive rebounding, he bolstered Sparty's late-season run with dominant offensive performances. He was named the Big Ten tournament's most outstanding player and continued that play with 24- and 26-point consecutive scoring efforts in the Big Dance.
Harris and Dawson were perhaps State's most versatile players in 2013-14. They played equally as hard on both sides of the court.
They will determine the fate of Sparty's upcoming season.