11 - Paul Harris

6-4, 220 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Syracuse Junior
10/15/86 (34 yrs)
Niagara Falls, NY
High School
Notre Dame
Team SIte Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
89 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Hassan Adams

Kevin Duffy – 8/25/2007

Strengths: An absolute physical specimen. Has the body of an NFL linebacker and the athleticism of an Olympic high-jumperUses his body very well as he posts up smaller guards. Can also out-quick defenders, get into the lane, and explode at the rimA monster on the boards for his size (64). Averaged 7.1 rebounds in 21.7 minutes of action during his freshman yearTerrific defender on the perimeter who doesnt take his physical tools for granted as he exhibits a non-stop motor and almost always out-hustles his opponent. Can also defend on the low block because of his superior strengthIs a runaway train on the fastbreak. Has size, speed, athleticism, and ballhandling skills that make him nearly impossible to stop in transitionCan handle in the halfcourt as well and run the point when necessary.

Weaknesses: Has one glaring hole in his game- his perimeter shooting. Harris has good form on his shot and is capable of hitting the midrange jumpshot, but appears very tentative when he gets the ball on the perimeter Shot just 1 for 20 (5%) on three-pointers last seasonLacks confidence in his jumpshot and has very limited range. As a result, defenders tend to lay off of him and clog the lane, making it much harder for Syracuse to run their offense. Gaining some kind of consistency/confidence in his jumper so teams have to at least guard him beyond the foul line is not only imperative to Harris NBA future, but also to the success of his Orangemen next seasonShot 68% from the foul line last season, which is not bad considering his dreadful perimeter shooting numbers from the field. His game could take off if he can get his free throw accuracy up another 10%. He has no problem drawing fouls because of his strength, athleticism, and slashing ability, so getting to the free throw line more often would translate into more points and also could give Harris more confidence in his perimeter shotIf Harris stays at Syracuse two or three more years and develops a fairly consistent jumper, he will be one of the premier shooting guard prospects when he enters the draft.

Notes: Aside from his shaky shooting, Harris has some character concerns as well. He spent time in jail when he was 16 after being arrested for the intent to sell cocaine. Harris received five-years probation for that case. A year later, he was charged with third-degree assault after an altercation with his girlfriend. Harris placed himself in a 15-week anger management session following the fight. Since then, his behavior has been squeaky clean. Harris has managed to stay out of trouble at Syracuse while living on-campus with his three-year old sonHarris will be re-united with good friend and former high school teammate Johnny Flynn at Syracuse this season. His chemistry and familiarity with Flynn could lead to increased production on the court.

Aran Smith – 4/16/2006

Strengths: Tremendous combination of athleticism and versatility … Elite level athlete with great skill set … Has the versatility to play any of the wing positions and the strength to finish and grab rebounds inside … Excellent ball handling and passing ability … Strong one on one player who creates well off the dribble … Capable of spectacular dunks in traffic, terrific finisher … Tremendous defender with long arms and quick reflexes … Plays much bigger than his height … Could develop into a lock down defender … Tough competitor, gives great effort … Has the physical strength to overpower opponents … His offensive game has shown improvement … Not a natural point guard, but has the ability to play some point guard …

Weaknesses: His biggest area of focus is his offensive game, especially shooting the ball … Must gain consistency shooting from the perimeter … Has decent mechanics but struggles to create off the dribble and lacks range … Short at 6’4" to play shooting guard but has the wingspan and athleticism to make up for it … Still streaky shooting. Can go through cold periods shooting from the perimeter, but finds other ways to contribute …

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