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Izzo Thinks Gary Harris Will Bypass NBA Draft, Return To Michigan State

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."

Via Diamond Leung/Michigan Live
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