Michigan State commit earns Indiana Mr. Basketball title

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Gary Harris, Jr. has been named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball.

The 6’4″ guard put his home state – and his parents – through the proverbial wringer as he tested the recruiting waters, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

After each official visit — first to Purdue, then Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan State — he was ready to commit. Mom and Dad’s advice was always the same: Take all four visits, then process all of the available information.

So he waited. Then, a week before the end of the early signing period, Harris chose Michigan State. Cue the message-board meltdowns from Indiana and Purdue fans. Some took their outrage to Harris’ Twitter page.

“I was really shocked by the way some people reacted to all of it,” Joy Harris said. “I guess that’s basketball in Indiana, though. People are passionate about their teams.”

“You find out who your friends are.”

Harris will have a tough road, as he travels through the Big Ten in the near future. Second-place Mr. Basketball finisher Yogi Ferrell will be waiting for him at Indiana, and fourth-place finisher Glenn Robinson III will be a Michigan man. Kellen Dunham, who came in third in the voting, has given his verbal to Butler, according to Scout.com.