In 2017, a freshman level guard took over midway via the season for South Carolina ladies’s basketball and helped push the Gamecocks to a nationwide title on the American Airways Heart in Dallas, Texas.
Now, she’s becoming a member of two teammates from that championship run, again the place all of it ended — Tyasha Harris was picked seventh general in Friday’s WNBA draft by the Dallas Wings, who even have former Gamecocks Allisha Grey and Kaela Davis.
“It’s gonna be very nice,” Harris stated on a convention name with reporters concerning the considered reuniting with Grey and Davis. “I’m excited simply because we performed collectively for a yr, I do know them, so I’ll get accustomed to compete with them and stuff.”
Grey and Davis went professional after that 2017 championship run, however Harris went on to interrupt this system report with 220 assists as a sophomore, teaming up with A’ja Wilson to guide the Gamecocks again to the Elite Eight.
And as a senior, she scored a career-high 12.zero factors per sport, along with an SEC-best 5.7 assists per contest. She additionally averaged 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals per sport and shot 38.4% from Three en path to incomes All-American honors from each main group that acknowledges a staff.
Harris leaves the Gamecocks as this system’s chief in profession assists, help to turnover ratio and profession video games performed. She additionally was the sixth Gamecock to be named All-SEC thrice and earned the fame as a consummate level guard within the mould of her coach, Daybreak Staley, who earned All-American honors and Olympic gold medals as a participant.
“I give lots of credit score to her,” Harris stated of Staley’s affect on her growth. “Simply because she was an excellent level guard when she was enjoying and really extremely adorned. I imply, simply each time she talked, she would give me an actual lesson on simply how you can be an excellent level guard. And I took benefit of it. I imply, that was one of many the reason why I went to South Carolina, so I may be taught from her and she or he may assist me out and be a greater participant, and an individual.”
Counting fellow senior Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, who was taken the choose earlier than her on Friday at No. 6, Harris is South Carolina’s 12th WNBA draft choose and ninth within the first spherical. At No. 7, she is the fifth highest choice in program historical past.
Becoming a member of the Wings, Harris has landed with a younger franchise that leaned on each Grey and Davis final yr, with every beginning a minimum of 16 video games and averaging six or extra factors. And with the departure of star level guard Skylar Diggins-Smith by way of commerce this offseason, Harris will possible have loads of alternatives too early on in her profession.
“I’m tremendous excited for that. I’m a really aggressive individual,” Harris stated.
Regardless that they gained’t be teammates, Diggins-Smith has already sung the praises of Harris, a fellow Indiana native, in an Instagram Dwell interview with analyst LaChina Robinson earlier than the draft.
“Not sufficient persons are speaking about Ty Harris, however I believe she has it up right here,” Smith stated, pointing to her mind. “And as a degree guard within the WNBA, it’s a must to have it up right here, as a result of take into consideration the purpose guards in our league. They’re very cerebral.”
On Friday, Harris made it clear how particular that go with was to her.
“It means the world, simply because I’ve seemed as much as Skylar ever since I used to be slightly woman,” Harris stated. “We form of come from the identical space. She was born and raised in South Bend, and my dad was from there, so I used to be raised there for slightly bit … And I imply, it’s nice that we are able to each symbolize Indiana effectively and she or he speaks extremely of my sport.”
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Greg Hadley is the beat author for South Carolina ladies’s basketball and baseball for GoGamecocks and The State. He additionally covers soccer and recruiting.