Player: Jared Harper
College: Auburn (2016-2019)
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 169 pounds
NBA Team/NBA G League Affiliate: Phoenix Suns/Northern Arizona Suns
College Breakdown: Harper spent three seasons at Auburn where he was named to the All-SEC Second Team in 2018 and 2019. The Georgia-native posted 15.3 points, 5.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game on 37% shooting from beyond the arc during his senior campaign. Harper ranked 1st in the SEC during the 2018-19 season in minutes played and total assists, 3rd in 3-point field goals made and 7th in points per game. He helped Auburn reach the Round of 32 in the 2018 NCAA Tournament and the Final Four in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. On the way to the big dance in 2019, Harper and the Tigers won the SEC Tournament championship. During his junior year, Harper posted 11 games of at least 20 points or more and sunk four or more 3-pointers in a single game on nine different occasions.
Scouting Report: Harper has always been a point guard and will continue to be in the NBA and NBA G League. The Auburn-product is extremely quick and shifty, dashing to the rim past bigger and stronger defenders. Despite his size, Harper is extremely talented at finishing in traffic and with contact, acrobatically contorting his small frame to find the perfect pocket of space to get his shot off. He can knock down 3-pointers off the dribble and off the catch and is solid at hitting midrange jumpers off pick-and-rolls. Defensively, Harper has a knack for forcing steals with quick hands and instincts filling passing lanes.
Organizational Fit: Harper joins the Suns as one of several ballhandling guards including Devin Booker, Jevon Carter, Tyler Johnson, Ty Jerome and Ricky Rubio. His best shot at finding playing time early in his professional career will be proving that his 3-point effectiveness translates well from college to the pros. At NBA Summer League, Harper had success finishing around taller defenders, something he’ll need to do to stay at the NBA-level.