The Raptors sure do love them some 22-year-olds in the Mount West Conference. Malachi Flynn, of course, won Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the conference for this season past, but Jalen Harris joined him this season on the conference first team. And both are 22 years old, having spent four years in college, redshirting in their third years after transferring. Lots of similarities there.
Harris is a six-foot-five combo guard with a fairly advanced scoring game. He doesn’t offer nearly as many of the extra tools as Flynn, such as playmaking or defense, but Harris could be considered an equal scorer. Playing for Nevada in 2019-29, he averaged 21.7 points, 3.9 assists, and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 36.2 percent from deep and 82.3 percent from the free throw line. Harris is another ‘bet-on-yourself’ type of player, having suffered a broken back in high school. He’s a late bloomer, which could mean he has more room for growth in his game.
More on Harris in the hours and days to come, and of course more as Toronto dips into the undrafted pool of players.