Manny Harris (@313MannyHarris) signs in Ukraine

September 13, 2012 in Cover Story, Professional

By Patrick Hayes

International basketball website Sportando reports that former Michigan and Detroit Redford star Manny Harris has signed with a team in the Ukraine:

Azovmash Mariupol announced a deal with Manny Harris. The guard has played 26 games with the Cavaliers last season averaging 6.7ppg and 1.2apg.

Harris played parts of the last two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s also spent time in the NBA D-League. With his mix of size and athleticism on the perimeter, Harris should be a star import and fan favorite in international basketball. Plus, at just 23 years old, he can continue developing his perimeter shooting in a solid foreign league and have a good shot at returning to the NBA with an even more enhanced game down the road.

Harris played his way onto the Cleveland roster as an undrafted free agent, a pretty good accomplishment considering not many rookie free agents make NBA rosters. He surely would’ve had a camp invite somewhere when NBA training camps open later this fall, but waiting for camp invites with no guarantee of making a team often costs players like Harris, who are sought after in international leagues, more lucrative opportunities overseas.

Former Grand Valley State player Callistus Eziukwu also signed with a team in Ukraine this offseason.

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