Earlier this week, likely top-five pick Marcus Smart announced that he'd be returning to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season. Today, another potential lottery selection announced his decision to put off the NBA draft in favor of a second year at school. According to a press release from Michigan State, freshman guard Gary Harris will return to the Spartans for his sophomore year.
"Playing in the NBA is definitely a goal of mine, and something that I've always dreamed of, but those dreams can wait for another day," Harris said in a statement. "I think additional experience and maturity will be huge in my development as a player. I have other dreams of things I want to accomplish, both as a player and as a team at Michigan State. I love college life, and I'm no hurry to move on."
ESPN.com's Chad Ford, who reported earlier this month that Harris was leaning toward returning to school and undergoing shoulder surgery, had the 18-year-old ranked 12th among 2013 prospects. In his first season at Michigan State, Harris averaged 12.9 PPG on .456/.411/.755 shooting.