Gonzaga defeated Saint Mary's Thursday night, thanks in large part to star Elias Harris, who may have played his best game of the year, pouring in 31 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. But these kinds of performances are becoming old hat for Harris, a 20-year-old freshman.
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward is averaging 15 points and eight rebounds for the year, but plays just 28 minutes per game. Harris, however, has been turning it up a notch of late, averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds in his last five contests, and has hit seven of his 11 three-point attempts.
His game is sound, and he has athleticism to spare -- we present Exhibit A, your honor.
ESPN Scouts Inc.: "Since his arrival at Gonzaga, he's wowed just about everyone. Harris has a motor that doesn't stop and has shown extraordinary toughness and versatility. Like the Mavericks' Shawn Marion, he seems capable of playing both the 3 and the 4 in the pros. While no one would've expected Harris to be a potential lottery pick coming into the season, I think that's where he might end up landing if he declares. No one is moving up draft boards quicker at the moment. We've had him in our top 30 since November and he's crept up to No. 16. By April he could very well be in the top 10."