For Harris making the McDonald's All-American was always a dream of his. The son of a former Purdue basketball standout, Joy Holmes-Harris, Gary Harris saw what his mom did in the WNBA and always put his mind to making the game, and now he is here.
"It means a lot," said Harris. "All of the players that have been through here and that are in the NBA now. It is an honor to be a part of it."
One reason why he has made the game and had such a jump as a senior is because of the skill work he has put in. Always known as an elite athlete, Harris now has the all-around game to match his athleticism.
"I am always working on my ball handling, passing, and shooting," said Harris. "I never want to be classified as an athlete. I want to be known as a complete player."
With him leading the way, Hamilton Southeastern had the best year in school history maintaining the No. 1 ranking in the state for most of the season before falling in an upset during the state tournament.
For Harris helping his team to a magical year was great, and now he is focused on what is next for him.
"It was a memorable senior year," said Harris. "Having it come to an end was bitter sweet but I am definitely ready to move on and get to Michigan State."
With Harris seeing that seniors Brandon Wood and Austin Thornton have moved on due to graduation, he knows there are minutes to be had in East Lansing. Harris is now focused on doing everything he can to put himself in a position to succeed next season.
"I just want to find a way to be a contributor to the team and help them win as many games as possible," said Harris. "I know I have to go in and put in the work and do all of the right things so I can play."
So for now Harris is happy to be a McDonald's All-American and he has a busy schedule the next few weeks with the Nike Hoops Summit and the Jordan Brand Classic, but once he is done with that the real work begins with him getting ready to be a Spartan.