In the months leading up to the 2015-16 college basketball season, BTPowerhouse will be releasing a new series called the 'BTPowerhouse 25,' which features the Top 25 players in the Big Ten as voted by members of the staff. All players set to be on Big Ten rosters for next season were eligible during the staff vote with their top selection receiving 25 points and their 25th and final selection receiving 1 point.
In today's edition of the 'BTPowerhouse 25', we will look at Michigan State transfer Eron Harris. He sat out last season after transferring from West Virginia and he is heading into his junior year for the Spartans. Coach Tom Izzo and Co. are hopeful that Harris can be a key scorer for the Spartans next season.
'BTP 25' - #17 Eron Harris
- Eligibility: Junior
- Career Totals: 64 games, 1,718 minutes, 873 points, 184 rebounds, 82 assists
- 2014-15 Averages: 31.4 min, 17.2 pts, 3.5 rebs, 1.6 asts, 0.2 blks, 0.7 stls
- Positional Role: Shooting Guard
The Spartans are going to need a lot out of Harris next season if they want to compete on the national scene. He had a great career at West Virginia and he really impressed with his outside shooting and scoring ability in his sophomore campaign. He shot 42.2 percent from three during the 2013-14 season, which is rather impressive and the Spartans are going to need outside shooting next season, since they do not have Travis Trice anymore.
Harris has a lot of upside for the Spartans next season, especially since he was very impressive during his career at West Virginia and he has had a year off to improve his game even more. Harris can really shoot the basketball, which is going to help the Spartans out tremendously and he can score from just about anywhere on the court. He is also extremely athletic for a guard, he can attack the rim at will, which is something that the Spartans are going to love.
Harris will be called upon for his scoring and shooting ability quite frequently, and he will be the go-to guy for the Spartans next season.
Areas for Improvement
Harris has a lot of great qualities, especially on the offensive end, but he needs to step up his court vision and improve on the defensive end. Harris needs to see the court better and look for open players as he tends to only shoot the basketball or drive when he gets possession. He needs to be more aware of his surroundings and look for the open player if a shot is not there for him. His defense is also an area where he can improve his game as Izzo is a coach that prides himself on having two-way players. Harris does not have that much to improve on other than his defensive skills and court vision, but he must improve on both to become one of the better players in the Big Ten.
Harris has the capability to be one of the top scorers in the Big Ten next season, but he must add more weapons to his all-around game if he wants to be in the conversation for Big Ten Player of the Year or if he wants to be all-conference. Harris is going to tear it up for the Michigan State this season on the offensive end and look for him to put up similar numbers as he did with West Virginia. Harris also will not play right away since he was arrested on July 1, but once he is cleared to play, the Spartans will be very pleased with his play.
'BT Powerhouse 25' Rankings:
- Players That Just Missed The Cut
- #25 - Kendrick Nunn (Illinois)
- #24 - Bryant McIntosh (Northwestern)
- #22 (tie) Rasheed Sulaimon (Maryland)
- #22 (tie) - Thomas Bryant (Indiana)
- #21 - Rapheal Davis (Purdue)
- #20 - Derrick Walton Jr. (Michigan)
- #19 - Caleb Swanigan (Purdue)
- #18 - Shavon Shields (Nebraska)
- #17 - Eron Harris (Michigan State)
- #16 - To be continued ...