Izzo gets Harris' pledge on USS Carl Vinson 

November, 14, 2011
11/14/11
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If this story hadn't gone his way, Tom Izzo could have gone overboard. Literally.

There’s a cool story behind the commitment of Gary Harris (Indianapolis, Ind./Hamilton SE). Of course, Izzo was ecstatic when he received the phone call but there’s more to it. Joy Harris, the mother of Gary Harris, relayed the details of the story to me.

On Wednesday night, Harris began the process of calling the schools he wasn’t going to attend. One by one, he made the difficult calls but didn’t tell the programs where he was going. Michigan State began hearing through the coaching grapevine that some schools were getting eliminated. At this point, when Harris called they weren’t sure if they were toast or champions in the recruitment.

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