Friday, February 15, 2013
Harris an ACC POY?
By Matt Giles
While several Miami Hurricanes, Mason Plumlee, or C.J. Leslie have been mentioned at points this season for the ACC's player of the year distinction, we wonder if Virginia's Joe Harris isn't being overlooked for the award. Harris, a junior guard, has been one of the conference's most efficient players in 2013; as James Johnson, Virginia Tech's head coach, observed about Harris' game, he is "very smart" and one of the top guards at reading screens.
Since being held to just seven points against Boston College, Harris has been on a tear: during the five-game stretch, Harris is converting 63 percent of his twos and 53 percent of his threes. UVA has gone 4-1 in this time frame, and has emerged as potentially the team to beat in the ACC. Two looming games that could derail a regular season title for UVA are Miami and Duke (though the Blue Devils contest is in Charlottesville), but the other six tilts are winnable.