After landing a commitment from 2015 shooting guard Kyle Ahrens last week, the Michigan State Spartans have something more to celebrate as they land West Virginia transfer Eron Harris, who was considered to be the nation’s best transfer on market.
The news of Harris’s decision was first reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN but Harris made the news official when he announced that he would be joining the Spartans on Twitter.
“It was the vibe and feeling I got from the whole situation,” Harris told ESPN.com of his decision to choose Michigan State. “I already had formed a relationship with Coach (Izzo), but when I got to look into his eye and hear his plan for me, I could see how genuine he was.”
Harris left West Virginia after his sophomore season, and under NCAA transfer regulations, he will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season as a mandatory red-shirt but he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015-2016.
Although, he may have to sit out for year, this is still a big grab for the Spartans. At 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, there is no doubt that Harris will be a valuable addition to a Spartan program that needs production on the perimeter after losing Gary Harris and Keith Appling this season.
As a sophomore at West Virginia, Harris averaged 17.2 points in 33 games. He scored at least 20 points in 11 games, shot 43 percent from the floor and averaged close to four rebounds a game. He has the ability to create his own shot in the half-court setting but he also has a nice three-point shot, considering he shot 42 % from three last season.
Overall, this should prove to be a good fit for both Harris and the Spartans. Coach Izzo should be able to bring out the full potential of Harris and Harris should prove to be a versatile guard who helps to lead the Spartans back to the Final Four. If you think I’m over exaggerating, think about the roster Michigan State will have in 2015-16. With the addition of Harris and the commitments of power forward Deyonta Davis and shooting guard Kyle Ahrens, the Spartans have the potential to be very scary in 2015-2016.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit