EAST LANSING, Mich. — Gary Harris is sticking with college. Harris announced on Thursday that he will be returning to Michigan State for his sophomore season.
“I’m looking forward to my sophomore season with my Spartan brothers,” said Harris. “When the season was done, Coach Izzo gathered a lot of great information and shared it with me and my family. After talking things over with my parents, it is my decision to remain at Michigan State.”
The 6-foot-4 guard became Michigan State’s first-ever Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He was also voted the team’s MVP by his teammates. He averaged nearly 13 points a game, which was good for second on the team this season. He led the Spartans in 3-pointers (65) this season.
“I know Gary has dreams of someday playing in the NBA, but he handled the entire process with great maturity, and ultimately decided to remain at Michigan State,” said Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. “I have no doubt that Gary would have been a high pick had he entered the draft, but I’m excited to have the opportunity to coach him next year.”
The Spartans will lose Derrick Nix to graduation from the 2012-2013 team. Junior center Adreian Payne has not officially announced whether he is returning for his senior season next year or entering the NBA Draft.