Two Michigan State Spartans players will sit out during the team’s trip to Italy later this month due to offseason legal issues, and one of the players happens to be someone that MSU could rely heavily upon in the 2015-16 season.
Per Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk, guards Eron Harris and Alvin Ellis will not play during the Italy trip. Harris, who sat out last season after transferring from West Virginia, was charged with reckless driving in July while Ellis was twice cited for possession of alcohol by a minor.
Granted, this is merely a trip for the team that features four exhibition games which have no bearing on the 2015-16 season. But with Harris on the bench, head coach Tom Izzo won’t be able to see how he fits in the offense with teammates Denzel Valentine and Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn. Harris averaged 17.2 points per game for the Mountaineers in 2014, so one can see why this is more frustrating and inconvenient than it is unfortunate.
Either way, despite the fact that Harris and Ellis won’t be playing in Italy, Izzo could still end up using the team’s play there to figure out just how to incorporate the two going forward and if certain chips fall into place, the Spartans could find themselves in the Final Four once again.
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