Manny Harris Staying? Let’s Give Him Time

Dylan Burkhardt
manny-nwAfter tonight’s game, reports began surfacing that Manny Harris planned on returning for his senior year. Here are the quotes from after the game:

“You know, you want to get better as a person, as a player,” Harris said after the game. “A lot of these guys have to come back, like myself, got to come back and play next year. “Just got to keep fighting and work hard. The season (isn’t) over. Anything still can happen so we’ve still got to believe and fight hard.”

Harris was asked if he was confident returning to Michigan would be his final decision.

“Yeah, yeah,” said Harris, who entered the Northwestern game averaging a Big Ten-best 19.1 points.

Harris was hesitant to go into much detail about his thought process.

“I’m not going to get too much into that,” Harris said. “I’m definitely not thinking about (the future). I’m just thinking about getting better as a team.”

Harris’ Facebook status from after the game tells you just about everything you need to know about the situation.


This really doesn’t strike me as the right time to press Manny about his decision to stay or go. He will make that decision when the time comes and it’s clear that he hasn’t made the decision one way or another at this point.

The quote started off with Harris stressing the need to continue to work, fight, and get better every day. Those are all the things that he’s supposed to say. There’s no need to jump a kid after one of Michigan’s worst losses of the season about his draft status. That can wait until the season is over.

Neither Harris or Sims looked like NBA players today. But I suppose my interview with Aran Smith, of, becomes a little more relevant with all the draft talk.

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  • Alex

    Great post Dylan. I want Manny to do what’s right for Manny. Ultimately recruits need to see that we support our players and want them to make the decisions that are right for them. As Aran pointed out even if Manny has not had the best season maybe it is time for him to go if Manny and Coach Beilein feel he can only improve his game at the next level.

    I really hope Peedi gets to the NBA. Tonight was not a great performance but his overall body of work has been great on a so-so team.

    I am really disappointed with how the team played tonight (considering not going to Wisconsin) but hope they win enough games to make the NIT. Maybe they can do all right in the BTT also.

  • bird

    Agreed, Dylan. Let’s not get all “woo hoo! Manny’s staying,” or lament the fact that Zeigler’s potential frosh minutes next year would all but evaporate. Whichever way you’d view Manny Harris staying, this heat of the moment statement should not be given much credence. Not that the kid doesn’t mean what he says, but no one should call him a flip flopper if he goes.

    The only other thing I’d say is, either way, kid, finish your degree.

  • ToBlav

    I’d think Zeigler would have a shot at a couple positions next year if Manny stays or not. Nobody is locking up the 1 or 2 and its possible he could play either. I want Manny to stay, in part because I think it’ll improve his draft status, and part to see him play better and make us winners. What I want is secondary to hoping for the best for him.

  • Evan

    Do you have any news on Zeigler if so i would like to know

  • Brick

    Do Northwestern fans all worry about their starting 5 going pro after this year because at least four of them looked way better than Manny last night? Is this just a Michigan thing? I don’t understand why someone not projected as a first round pick would be constantly bombarded with question about going pro.

  • JimC

    Dylan, do you have press credentials around UM, the same as Angelique?

  • Jeff

    Wow. Heard this morning on the radio that Manny said he was coming back next year, but was at a client all day so didn’t know any details. This sounds sketchy at best. He may be back, but I’m not sure last night’s comments shed much light on the situation.

  • JimC

    Dylan, the reason i ask is that pretty much everything i’ve learned about NCAA hoops in the past 18 months has been thru your site.

  • Jim: No I don’t have credentials at this point.