Harris falls to Denver at No. 19

Former Spartan shooting guard headed to Denver, pending a trade with Chicago, after being selected at No. 19.

Many mock drafts projected Gary Harris to go the Denver Nuggets in Thursday's NBA Draft and that is exactly where he ended up.

It took a little bit longer than anticipated, but at No. 19, the Nuggets selected Harris.

The pick was announced as Chicago's at No. 19, but a proposed trade with Denver for No. 11 pick Doug McDermott will send the former Spartan to Denver after NBA approval.

The 6-foot-2 shooting guard was a first-team All-Big Ten selection averaging 16.7 points per game. He was named the Big Ten freshman of the year in 2012-13.

He bolted for the pros after the two years in East Lansing in which he scored 1,025 points becoming just the third player to break 1,000 points in two seasons.

He was the second Spartan taken in the first round, just four picks after forward Adreian Payne was selected by the Atlanta Hawks at No. 15.

Harris and Payne were the first pair of first-round picks out of MSU since 2006, when Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager were both taken.

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