Former Providence Friar and Auburn Forward Tyler Harris was selected 25th overall by the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G-League over the weekend for the 2017-2018 season.
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Harris spent this past year playing in France with the Paris-Levallois Basket in the LNB Pro A League and averaged 7.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in just 19 minutes per contest. During his time at PC and Auburn, Harris was able to average 11.7 ppg/5.5 rpg/1.2 apg and became a versatile scoring option with great size.
The one aspect of his game that he needs to make it in the NBA is a consistent and reliable outside shot. Now that the NBA has moved towards basically every big man being able to stretch the floor all the way out to the 3-point line, defenders need to at least respect your shot from distance. You don’t have to be a knockdown sharpshooter, but you have to be able to be a threat from the outside. If Harris can develop that skill into his game, he has a decent shot at making his NBA dream come to fruition. At 6’10”, he has the size and athleticism and working out with his brother, Tobias Harris, in the off-season definitely helps.
Here’s a quick rundown of the Big Eat players that were selected in the draft:
- Round 1, Pick 13 – Malcolm Bernard (Xavier), Grand Rapids
- Round 1, Pick 16 – Cole Huff (Creighton), Greensboro
- Round 1, Pick 24 – Dominic Cheek (Villanova), Maine
- Round 1, Pick 26 – Kethan Savage (Butler), Raptors 905
- Round 3, Pick 12 – Isaiah Zierden (Creighton), Delaware
- Round 4, Pick 13 – Derrick Wilson (Marquette), Grand Rapids
- Round 4, Pick 15 – Wally Ellenson (Marquette), Oklahoma City