The Toronto Raptors have selected Jalen Harris with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Welcome to the family, @TheJalenHarris. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/5O0oTw6xvP- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 19, 2020
Harris, a 6-foot-5 guard from the University of Nevada, led the Mountain West Conference with 21.6 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 30 games with the Wolfpack. He was named First Team All-Mountain West Conference as well as Mountain West Newcomer of the Year.
It is the second selection of the night for the Raptors, who took point guard Malachi Flynn with the No. 29 pick in the first round.
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So, who is Jalen Harris? Here are some quick facts on the 59th overall pick.
Who is Jalen Harris? Fast facts on Toronto Raptors second-round pick
Jalen Harris was born on August 14, 1988 in Dallas, TX. Both of his parents played basketball collegiately at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
In his senior season at Duncanville High School, Harris averaged 23 points, seven rebounds and two steals per game, turning down scholarship offers from major programs in the University of Indiana and Kansas State University to attend Lousiana Tech.
Harris spent two seasons at Lousiana Tech, averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game as a sophomore in the 2017-18 season before making the decision to transfer to the University of Nevada.
After sitting out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Harris returned to the floor in the 2019-20 season, putting forth a show during his redshirt junior year.
Ahead of the draft, Harris told NevadaSports.net that he prides himself on his versatility, saying "If a team needs somebody to be a creator, I can do that. That's a big part of my game. I can create for myself. I can create for others.
"I can play with the ball. I can play without the ball. I'm athletic. I can guard multiple positions and have a high IQ. The versatility part is big to my game."
Based on his numbers, Harris is a natural scorer and, at 22, is yet another mature addition to this Raptors roster.
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