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April 15, 2014

Sports briefs for Tuesday, April 15

Michigan State’s Harris is heading to NBA

Gary Harris is going pro, thanks in part to coach Tom Izzo’s recommendation.

The Michigan State shooting guard is entering the NBA draft, choosing to skip his last two years of college.

“It’s time to follow my dream,” Harris said in a statement released by the school.

Izzo told reporters after the season that he would advise Harris to make the jump to the league if his research led him to believe the Hamilton Southeastern product and 2012 Indiana Mr. Basketball winner would be among the top guards drafted in June.

“Not only do I fully support and celebrate Gary’s decision, but after my information gathering process, I recommend it,” Izzo said in a statement. “I expect Gary to be a high pick in the draft, but more importantly, I know that he is well prepared for a long career.”

Harris averaged a team-high 16.7 points last season, helping his team win 29 games, including the Big Ten tournament championship.

He scored 1,025 points in two seasons, becoming the third player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark as a sophomore. The other two were Magic Johnson and Mike Robinson.

— The Associated Press

Grace’s Johnson wins conference award

The Crossroads League on Monday named Kokomo High School product Samantha Johnson its softball player of the week,

Johnson is a freshman at Grace College. She ripped 12 hits in 17 at-bats (.706) over six games. She drove in seven runs. She posted a .772 on-base percentage. Additionally, she fielded nine opportunities without an error while managing the Lancers’ center field.

MC’s Fine calls it quits after 10 seasons

MUNCIE — Matt Fine’s run as Muncie Central’s boys basketball coach is over.

Central has re-opened all coaching positions in advance of its impending consolidation with Muncie South. Fine told the Muncie Star Press he initially applied for the position, but ultimately elected to withdraw his name from consideration. Fine said it was his decision to withdraw from the process.

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