Wisconsin's loss is NBA's gain

Many lottery teams are interested in selecting a point guard

The best player in the Big Ten, Devin Harris of Wisconsin, announced Thursday that he will remain in the NBA Draft. He is expected to have an individual workout in Chicago next week, where many of the lottery teams are expected to attend.

Harris averaged 19.5 points, 4.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds and led Wisconsin to a 25-7 record last year. The Badgers would have been a projected Final Four team with Harris, the return of redshirts Alando Tucker and Brian Butch and addition of freshmen DeAaron Williams, Greg Stiemsma and Michael Flowers and Penn State transfer senior Sharif Chambliss.

The former Wisconsin Mr. Basketball Award winner made the move to point guard as a sophomore at UW and was the Big Ten Player of the Year as a junior last season after finishing second in the conference in scoring. He is an excellent outside shooter with good range. Harris has good size at point guard and can play both backcourt spots. He has long arms and good lateral quickness. Harris needs to add bulk and continue to prove to scouts that he is a true point guard.

His decision to remain in the draft is good news for teams like Atlanta, Phoenix, Toronto, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Golden State, who are picking sixth through eleventh and all have needs for a point guard. It also means that one more good player will be available to teams drafting in the middle to late first round.

Harris will not participate in the Chicago pre-draft camp next week (June 8-11), but will go for the official measurements and physicals. He will also begin visiting NBA teams for individual workouts.


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