His Michigan State playing days may be finished, but Eron Harris is thankful for the Spartans’ support.
Harris suffered a right knee injury during Saturday’s loss to Purdue. On Sunday, the team announced the senior would require season-ending surgery.
Even with the brutal news, Harris found the positive.
“Thank you to everyone for the well wishes!” Harris wrote on Twitter. “You don’t even know how much it means to me… Much love to you all. Ill be back!!!”
Michigan State’s Eron Harris on injury
Thank you to everyone for the well wishes! You don't know how much it means to me… Much love to you all. Ill be back!!!
— Eron Harris (@eronjoseph) February 19, 2017
Harris averaged 10.7 points, 3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game this season. He also leads the Spartans with 43 made 3-pointers. Now Harris, in his second season with Michigan State after transferring from West Virginia, must watch.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo said Harris had become a leader and an example for Michigan State’s younger players.
“We all feel absolutely awful for Eron,” Izzo said in a news release. “As I said (Saturday) night, I couldn’t ask for more than what Eron has given me and this program. Over the last month he’s grown even more as a leader and been an example to his younger teammates.
“And maybe I didn’t even fully grasp it until I walked on the court and saw the admiration his teammates had for him and the tears in their eyes. There’s no faking the respect they have for Eron as a man, as a player, and most importantly, a teammate.”
The Spartans are 16-11 overall and 8-6 in the Big Ten. On Sunday, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi expressed worry about the Spartans’ NCAA Tournament chances if they slump in the remaining games:
“So while we wait for the medical report on Harris, take a look at Michigan State’s upcoming schedule. They’re 8-6 in the conference now, they’ll play two home games but finish with two on the road at Illinois and at Maryland. If Michigan State’s not able to go .500 in these final four games, they’re at least going to be in the conversation — the wrong conversation — for a team that’s not finishing well down the stretch and might be without yet another key contributor.”
Michigan State next plays at home against Nebraska at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday.