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Michigan State's Tom Izzo might advise guard Gary Harris to enter NBA draft as underclassman

  • Michigan State's Gary Harris responds to questions during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 29, 2014, in New York. Michigan State plays Connecticut in a regional final on Sunday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Michigan State's Gary Harris responds to questions during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 29, 2014, in New York. Michigan State plays Connecticut in a regional final on Sunday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

  • Connecticut's Niels Giffey, right, drives past Michigan State's Gary Harris in the first half of a regional final at the NCAA college basketball tournament on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Connecticut's Niels Giffey, right, drives past Michigan State's Gary Harris in the first half of a regional final at the NCAA college basketball tournament on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo might advise Gary Harris to enter the NBA draft.

Izzo told reporters on Tuesday if his research leads him to believe Harris would be among the top guards selected in June, he would lean toward telling the sophomore to go pro.

Izzo met with Harris and the rest of his teammates on Monday, a day after the Spartans were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Connecticut in the East Regional final.

Harris averaged a team-high 16.7 points, helping his team win 29 games, including the Big Ten tournament final. He shot 43 percent overall and made 81 of 230 3-point shots. The native of Fishers, Ind., was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention and All-Big Ten player this season.