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Tue., Nov. 8, 2011, 8:39 a.m.

Harris shapes up for junior year

Gonzaga’s Elias Harris takes the ball all the way to the hoop on a fast break. (Jesse Tinsley)
Gonzaga’s Elias Harris takes the ball all the way to the hoop on a fast break. (Jesse Tinsley)

Checked in with Elias Harris a couple weeks ago and again before Monday's practice. As I've mentioned before, Harris has a new leaner look this season, thanks to an offseason of conditioning and diet.

There are other reasons, beyond the conditioning aspect, GU coaches anticipate Harris is primed for a big year. He worked on his game, individual moves, etc., when he was in Spokane this summer. Coaches and teammates say they've seen growth in terms of maturity and commitment. Harris also refers to hard lessons learned from his tough sophomore season. Said coach Mark Few of Harris: "He's all in." 

Here's more on Harris, who is on the Naismith Award preseason watch list for the second straight season, with a note on the bottom regarding potential redshirts. Kelly Olynyk, one of the players mentioned as a possible redshirt, was back on the practice floor, cleared for contact.




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Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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