by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33
One of the best point guards in the Big Ten is working his way back from an offseason ankle injury and expects to be cleared to practice next week.
Gary Harris, the star sophomore shooting guard for the Michigan State Spartans, is returning after the ankle injury kept him limited for the last few weeks, and he told ESPN that he’s “about 75 percent” and would play if there was a game right now.
Harris suffered the ankle injury when he came down awkwardly on his right foot while attempting to block a shot on Aug. 30.
“I was lucky,” he said. “I thought it was worse than it wound up being.”
Harris is one of four returning starters for the Spartans, who are likely to open the 2013-14 season in the top five of most polls. The 6-4 Indiana native averaged 12.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 41.1 percent from downtown for the Spartans, whose 27-win season ended last year in the Sweet 16.