Tom Izzo and Michigan State picked up what could be a very high-impact transfer Monday, when it was reported West Virginia's Eron Harris would be coming to play for the Spartans.
The 6-foot-3 guard, who just finished his sophomore season with the Mountaineers, is expected to sit out next season and be ready to suit up and green and white starting in the 2015-16 campaign, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Harris will then have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Harris took on a huge role for Bob Huggins' squad a season ago, averaging more than 31 minutes and 17 points per game. His 17.2 scoring average ranked fourth in the Big 12. Only four players in the Big Ten averaged more points per game than Harris did last season.
An Indianapolis native, Harris was only offered one Big Ten scholarship coming out of high school. He picked West Virginia over a handful of other schools, with Wisconsin being that lone Big Ten representative.
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This could be terrific news for the Spartans, who will obviously be taking a hit at guard following the loss of two starters from last year's team that reached the Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion UConn. Keith Appling finished his senior season, while Gary Harris opted for the NBA Draft. Though he won't begin playing until 2015-16, Eron Harris should be a big help in replacing some of those departed points. Gary Harris led the team with 16.7 points per game last season. Appling averaged 11.2.
Izzo will likely lean on a guard combination of Travis Trice, Alvin Ellis and Denzel Valentine this season, making way for Eron Harris to become a big contributor the following year. The Spartans will also see turnover at the forward position after the departure of Adreian Payne.
Eron Harris didn't experience too much success in his two years at West Virginia, with the Mountaineers missing the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons. This year, they finished with a 17-16 record (9-9 in Big 12 play).