The next Gerald Wallace?
He Killed Illinois Yesterday
ESPN has him rated the 22nd Best Prospect for the 2010 Draft. He's been in that spot for the last month. I think he's already 20 years old and only a Freshman though. This is what ESPN says about him:
Draft Projection: Mid to late first round
•Long, athletic player
•Physical, NBA body
•Emerging offensive game
•Runs the floor well, quick
•Not great at creating his own shot
•Gets a lot of garbage points
•Needs to work on his ball handling
Summary: Dec 15 Update: Harris has been terrific in the early going for the Zags. Harris wasn't the most highly touted prospect coming into the season. He had fans, especially among the NBA's international scouts, but no one expected him to do so much, so early for Gonzaga. Harris, who plays with frenetic energy, played to rave reviews at the Maui Invitational in late November after he showed the ability to play both the 3 and the 4. He's followed that with two big games against Washington State and Davidson and cracked our top 30 for the first time this season.
Nov 27 Update: Harris is another player who has made a name for himself early in the Maui Invitational. He's not putting up huge numbers, but he's been a beast on the boards and has shocked scouts with his ability to play some 3. After seeing him dominate in his home country of Germany, most teams had him penciled in as an uber-athletic, albeit undersized, 4. He's been able to show some perimeter prowess at Gonzaga. If he can make the transition to the 3, his stock goes up tremendously.
Yeah I watched the Gonzaga vs. Illinois game & I was very impressed with Harris. He is probably the best mid-major player I have seen so far. Him & Moultrie (UTEP) are both prospects that I am high on. Both of those guys will be lottery picks whenever they decide to declare IMO. Jerome Jordan could be a steal in the 2nd round also.
Harris is by far the best prospect on that Gonzaga team.
a top 10 pick in 2011.
Does anyone else think he is probably too small to have much of an impact in the NBA? Yes, he was fabulous against Illinois, but does anyone remember how completely overmatched everyone on Gonzaga looked against Duke? I wouldn't get too carried away.
Gonzaga has played a brutal schedule so far & Harris has been very impressive for a Freshman. Gonzaga has played Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Cincy, Mich.St., Wash.St, Duke, Illionois...just to name a few. Harris was a consistent performer in the majority of those big games. That is saying a lot for a Freshman.
I don't think he is too small...6'7" 215. It will be interesting to find out his wingspan at the combine. Elias is an above average athlete & has some unique skills. He may be a little undersized to play PF sure but he has the ability to stretch the floor which is a big key for the nba game. I think he will eventually be able to play SF.
I don't buy the 6' 7" listing. Obviously against Duke, he looked tiny next to Singler, the Plumlee brothers, and the rest, but even against Illinois he looked smaller than Keller and Davis. Also, he is athletic, but lets not get carried away with it.
If you project him as a 3, then the fact that he doesn't handle well comes into play. He has a nice shot, but not great. He is a 20-year old who has experience with B-level pro/semi-pro ball, plus time with the German national team. Simply because he is a freshman, it doesn't mean he is a green freshman who has either never been coached or never played high levels of competition. Is he a better prospect than Stanley Robinson (1-year older BTW)? Kyle Singler (again only 1-year older)? Kevin Jones? Devin Ebanks? Heck, Quincy Pondexter is barely more than a year older than him. If you want a 6' 6" athletic college power forward who will need to play on the perimeter in the pros, then who is the best bet from the state of Washington. I'm not saying he can't play, but I don't see great upside. When some of these sites ( Chad Ford's tweets and draft express mocks) now talk about him as a possible lottery pick, they are completely overrating one game and forgetting something just as indicative two weeks ago. I understand that there is an absurdity to constantly updating mock drafts in December/January when no team locks in evaluations for months, but people should be ashamed of themselves for being so dumb.