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Gary Harris will return for his sophomore season at Michigan State.
Harris was projected as a first-round pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
"When the season was done, Coach (Tom) Izzo gathered a lot of great information and shared it with me and my family," Harris said in a statement. “After talking things over with my parents, it is my decision to remain at Michigan State.
"Playing in the NBA is definitely a goal of mine, and something that I've always dreamed of, but those dreams can wait for another day. I think additional experience and maturity will be huge in my development as a player.”
Harris averaged 12.9 points while dealing with an injury to his left shoulder.
Izzo confirmed that Harris will not need surgery during the offseason.
"He's been committed to his rehab and all indications are that he's making great progress," Izzo said. "There's no question that a healthy Gary Harris is one of the premier guards in the country."
Tom Izzo thinks Gary Harris will return for a second season at Michigan State.
Harris had perhaps his worst outing of the season against Duke – six points on 2-for-11 shooting – while allowing 29 points to Blue Devils fifth-year senior Seth Curry.
"I don't know if it was the pressure of being home, the pressure of the tournament, but I love the kid,” Izzo said after the Spartans' 71-61 loss to Duke. “He's going to grow and learn from this. That's what you do. That's why this tournament is so brutal."
Harris hinted at a possible return.
"We've got a lot of people coming back," Harris said. "We're only losing one player, so we're going to have a talented team next year, so we're just going to get ready to put in all the work in the offseason and preseason."
Izzo indicated Harris might need surgery to repair a lingering shoulder injury.
"You have not seen the Gary Harris I recruited yet," Izzo said. "Now he performed better in some ways than I thought he would as a freshman, but as far as the aggressive, take-it-to-the-hole, go-get-a-rebound, we haven't seen him yet."
Jabari Parker will announce his college decision on Dec. 20 at Chicago Simeon High School.
Parker will choose either Duke, Michigan State, Florida, BYU or Stanford.
“He mentioned that he wanted to do it that day,” Sonny Parker, Jabari’s father, confirmed to SNY.tv by phone after the news was first reported by Joe Henrickson of City/Suburban Hoop Report. “They play Monday, Wednesday and Friday so Thursday is a good day for him to make his announcement.”
Sonny said his son had visited every school officially except Stanford “but he visited them twice unofficially.”
Sonny also said he believes his son has made the decision but hasn't told anyone.
Duke and Michigan State are widely considered the favorites to sign Parker.
Parker is the No. 2 prospect in the class behind Andrew Wiggins.
While the details have yet to be finalized, there will be four simultaneous games played at Cowboys Stadium on Veterans Day in 2013.
The games will begin 15 minutes apart and be held side by side under the roof of Cowboys Stadium.
"We're going to squeeze everything into a three-hour time period," Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said. "We're talking with eight institutions right now that have a very high interest and have that weekend open, and we're going to partner with the 12 [military] bases that are around Dallas, so we can make it a celebration for the guys at Fort Hood and others."
Michigan State will be one of the eight teams to participate.
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