NBA Comparison: Jamal Crawford (less athletic)
Strengths: Athletic SG with terrific skills and ability to score … Harris is very versatile and aggressive player that can score in different ways: in the paint, posting up smaller defenders, creating his own shots off the dribble and coming off screens for catch and shoot (quick at changing directions and coming off screens) … Patient reading screens and sets up his defender well to get open off of screens … Harris is a difficult match-up for many opponents due to his quickness, size and strength … Quick at changing direction and attacking the basket (30% of his points are from the free-throw line), which tells you that he doesn’t rely solely on his outside shot … Possesses a good first step and body control while driving to the basket … Harris improved his passing ability and showed solid court vision and unselfishness since last year (4.9 APG so far) … Has good elevation on his jump-shot and NBA range as well … Very good free-throw shooter .87 %. Solid defender with sound lateral quickness … His quick hands help him deflect many passes and grab rebounds 7.7 RPG so far (shows more aggressiveness on the glass).
Weaknesses: Lack of body strength is a concern … Harris has to add muscles and put in work in weight-room in order to survive at the next level … Has trouble converting layups when he is guarded by bigger players (vs. Wisconsin for instance) and doesn’t like too much pressure (physical contact) … Can improve on his decision making, when he attacks the basket he can get out of control (the Michigan coaching staff worked with him during the summer on not commiting offensive fouls while driving to the basket) … Must improve his shot selection and become a more consistent outside shooter … Can get wild and commit too many turnovers (3.6 TO last year). Harris should improve his ball-handling ability especially left hand. Needs to work at improving his mid-range game …
Stevan Petrovic 1/3/09