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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

Harris, Sims go undrafted in 2010 NBA Draft

By TIM ROHAN 60th and final selection, Harris was 18 points and six rebounds per game.
Daily Sports Writer atop ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford's Sims put in a solid senior campaign
list of best players available. And after with 16.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per
The Michigan basketball team may the draft, DraftExpress tweeted that game.
be losing 54 percent of its offense Harris was among the top undrafted In Ford's mock draft released hours
with Manny Harris and DeShawn free agents available. before the selections would begin, he
Sims leaving the program, butneither Ford also tweeted that he was projected Harris going No. 52 overall,
Harris nor Sims were among the 60 "shocked" that Harris hadn't been and picked in the second round by
players drafted last Thursday night in selected. the Boston Celtics. "Harris is a high-
the 2010 NBA Draft. Harris left the Wolverines after his scoring combo guard who, based on
As the Phoenix Suns made the junior season in which he averaged talent, is probably a first-round pick,"

Ford wrote.
Following the draft, Harris and
Sims signed contracts to play in the
NBA's Summer League.
On Saturday, Harris announced
on Twitter his plans to play on the
Cleveland Cavaliers Summer League
team, which plays in the Las Vegas
Summer League and runs July 9-18.
Sims tweeted as well, saying he's
signed a summer contract with the
Boston Celtics, which plays in Orlan-
do's Summer League and runs in
early July.
The Celtics and Cavaliers may be
appropriate selections for Sims and
Harris to choose to stick with NBA
teams. It was reported on draft night
that Boston forward Rasheed Wal-
lace will retire before next season,
opening up potential space for a big
man to make the team. But the Celt-
ics drafted Notre Dame forward Luke
Harangody in the second round of the
draft.
The Cavaliers, on the other hand,
already have guards Delonte West,
Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson and
Anthony Parker in Harris' way. But
with the uncertainty surrounding
LeBron James' decision on whether
he'll return to Cleveland next season,

the team could see upheaval in its
roster and a potential need for cheap
talented players.
With the coming and going of the
NBA Draft and yet no certainty in the
futures of Harris and Sims, things
might be more clear after the hand-
ful of summer games are played next
month.
Despite not being selected, there's
still a chance the two can make an
NBA roster.
Last year Marquette senior guard
Wesley Matthews went undrafted
but made an impression in summer
league play. Matthews played in all
82 regular season games, started 48
of them and averaged 9.4 points per
game for the Utah Jazz.
As for Harris, when he announced
his intentions to forego his senior
season back in March, he told report-
ers that he would play in the NBA
Development League or in Europe if
those were his only options.
"If that came up, and it's like I had
to do it, then definitely, because I
love playing basketball," Harris said.
"Whatever route I have to take to get
there, that's my final destination, is
to be in the NBA, whatever route it
is."

SAM WOLSON/Daily
Ex-Wolverine forward Deshawn Sims signed a summer contract with the Celtics.

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CLIFF REEDER/Daily
Former Wolverine guard Manny Harris signed a summer contract with the Cavaliers.

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