Michigan State's Harris declares for draft

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Updated: 4/14 5:45 pm

East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris will skip his final two seasons of college eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Harris averaged a team-high 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists this past season for the Spartans, who went 29-9 and lost to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Elite Eight.

Over the course of his two seasons, Harris averaged 14.9 points in 69 games (67 starts). He totaled 1,025 career points, becoming the 45th player in MSU history with 1,000 career points.

"The last two years have been the best of my life, but it's time to follow my dream and declare for the NBA Draft," Harris said in a statement. "My two seasons at Michigan State have been an amazing experience. I have a lifetime of memories, including some incredible games in some incredible places, NCAA Tournaments, and cutting down the nets after a Big Ten Tournament Championship. But most important are the friendships I've developed with my teammates. These are bonds that will last forever, especially the guys in my class. I can't imagine a better group of guys to be around."

Harris is a projected lottery pick on most NBA draft boards.

"Not only do I fully support and celebrate Gary's decision, but after my information gathering process, I recommend it," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "I expect Gary to be a high pick in the draft, but more importantly, I know that he is well prepared for a long career."

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