Hoops: Harris, Sims reach a decision
Michigan head coach John Beilein announced Friday that senior DeShawn Sims and junior Manny Harris have reached a decision on whether or not to make themselves eligible for the NBA Draft.
And it's good news for U-M basketball fans.
"In order to address the speculation around DeShawn and Manny's future we are announcing that both these young men have decided to continue their respective educational paths here at the University of Michigan," said Beilein in a statement. "Since the completion of our season we have gathered enough information for everyone to feel good about this decision. I am anxious to see their continued growth and I am excited to coach these two, as well as the rest of the team next season."
"I have decided to stay at the University of Michigan to not only work towards finishing my degree, but to continue working on my game," said Sims. "I am on schedule to graduate next May and that is going to be a very special moment for me. With Coach Beilein here I can see myself growing even more mentally, physically and athletically. There is a lot of excitement surrounding next season and we really want to take the next step in restoring the proud tradition of Michigan basketball on the national level."
"I have decided to stay in school and continue to work on my University of Michigan degree," added Harris. "This decision will also allow me to work hard at becoming an even more complete basketball player. We had a good season and I really enjoyed making the NCAA Tournament with my teammates. We really want to build a great program here at Michigan and we are on that path. The turnaround from my freshman year to my sophomore was big and I feel we will continue to do even more."
Sims and Harris led U-M in almost every statistical category and combined to score 1,130 points this season, the 12th best for a U-M duo in a single campaign.
Sims led U-M with 30 games scoring in double figures and had a career-best 29 points against Purdue on Feb. 26. Harris, an All-Big Ten first team selection by the Big Ten coaches and media, recorded career bests in almost every statistical category in his second season, leading U-M in scoring (16.9), rebounding (6.8), assists (4.4), steals (1.2), minutes (32.9), three-point field goals (52) and free-throw percentage (86.3 percent).