Players in Review: Ivan Harris

Monday, April 20, 2009

As the only player to start all 50 games for the BayHawks, Harris was a model of consistency. The Ohio State product is known as “The Microwave” for his ability to heat up in a hurry, and he did so often for the BayHawks.

He finished the year third in both scoring and rebounding for Erie, averaging 15.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He also led the team in 3-point percentage, converting on nearly 43 percent of his attempts from distance.

His 3-point stroke really became more of a weapon down the stretch, and it definitely makes the 6-7 forward more marketable as a player. There will always be a place for shooters in the NBA. If you look at recent NBA champions, you’ll find names like Eddie House, Brent Barry, and Jason Kapono as contributing pieces.

That’s what Harris needs to work toward, If he can prove that he can shoot in the mid 40s with more attempts, he could someday fill a vital role for an NBA club as the knockdown shooting wing, ideally paired with an explosive point guard or a big man who demands a double-team in the post.

Perhaps the best vision of Harris’ future would look something like this past. In 2006-07, Harris played alongside Mike Conley and Greg Oden at Ohio State. NBA teams with a similar 1-2 punch may want to give Harris a look this offseason. But if he does find himself back in the D-League, it’d be wise for Harris to continue to focus on his ability to spread the defense and light it up from the outside.


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Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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