Thursday, November 5, 2009

Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year: Manny Harris

National Hoops Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year
Manny Harris, SG, Junior, Michigan

The Big Ten is stocked deep with top talent and this award could have gone to five different players. But what pushed Marris over the edge was his all-around game. At 6-4, the Detroit native can play three positions for John Beilein. Harris has helped turn the program around and into a NCAA tournament team and Big Ten contender.

As a sophomore, Harris averaged 16.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals a game and he helped put the Wolverines into the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Harris was the No. 42 ranked player in the class of 2007, according to the RSCI rankings. Looking back on the first time I saw him at the King James Classic in 2006, Harris is still the same kind of player except he is a much better scorer in college than he was in high school. His real name is “Corperryale” and, man, do I wish he went by that instead of Manny.


  1. those numbers are good but he was beaten in every category except dimes and FT% by evan turner of OSU
    Pts 17.3>16.9
    Reb. 7.1>6.8
    Assts 4<4.3
    Steals 1.8>1.2
    Blocks .8>.5
    FG% 50.3>41.5
    FT% 78.8<86.3
    3P% 44>32.7

  2. I considered all of that and even looked at what Turner did last night. He's scary good. Just think Michigan as a team has a better year this season. Close call. Will be fun to watch both guys this season.