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Measurables-

5’10 — September 1, 1998 (Age 21) — Noblesville, Indiana

Rundown-

Tyasha Harris is a senior at the University of South Carolina who ranks first in the SEC with 702 career assists, including a school record 220 assists her sophomore year. A rare four-year starter, she averaged 9.6 points, 5.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game throughout her Gamecock career and has the most assists in an NCAA tournament (52) and SEC tournament (37).

Leading into her senior season, Harris was two-time All-SEC second team, a two-time WBCA All-American Honorable Mention, a two-time WBCA All-Region, had made a NCAA All-Tournament Team and was a Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist. In High School, the Indiana native helped lead Heritage Christian to three straight State Championships, including the 2016 3A title in the school’s first year in the division.

 

Harris possesses elite floor spacing, vision and ball handling skills which allow her to create for teammates from almost any spot on the floor. She also shot 38.4 percent from deep her senior season, a collegiate high, and 42.6 percent from the field, just .3 percent short of her personal best freshman year where she had far less attempts, proving she can score when necessary in order to keep pressure off her teammates and force defenses to respect her shot. In addition, Harris’s size and length and the point position allows her to be a capable and versatile defender on the other side of the court.

One possible drawback a team may see in Harris is that she hasn’t proven to be an elite scorer during her Gamecock career. While she is efficient when she does shoot and took a big leap forward, averaging 12.0 points per game her senior campaign, she only scored 20 or more points three times her senior year. Harris is also not the most athletic person on the board, though her size and length can help make up for it.

Superstar Mesh Comparison-

With her vision and passing ability, Harris may remind a lot of WNBA fans of Courtney Vandersloot of the Chicago Sky and Natasha Cloud of the Washington Mystics. With a pass-first, score if needed mentality, all three make every other player on the floor better simply by touching the ball and are effective at leading teams on both sides of the floor. Should Harris be able to continue to improve and transition her passing skills to the WNBA level, she could mirror the play of both of these court generals who placed in the top five in assists per game last year.

Draft Projection-

Harris is probably one of the players who improved their draft stock the most over the past year, leading her to be an almost certain first round pick and probably a top ten selection. While she may not have proven to be a player who can lead a WNBA team in scoring, her ability to make every other player on the floor better will have teams interested early, as it is a skill you can’t teach.

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