Roster Review: Amber Harris
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Editor’s Note: Every Tuesday, Kyle Ratke will be reviewing a member of the Minnesota Lynx. We will review the player’s best games, offseason plans and more. On Thursday, there will be a photo gallery to match the week’s featured player.
Amber Harris, Center
Years Pro: 3
Early in the season, Harris helped the Lynx solidify post play when the team wasn’t real sure on a rotation. Her early season heroics against the Phoenix Mercury and Brittney Griner helped the Lynx get a hot start and helped prove they were the superior Western Conference team.
It looked like Harris might keep that strong play up, but that wasn’t the case. She did play in 30 games and played 8.8 minutes per game, but with a roster with posts like Janel McCarville, Rebekkah Brunson and Dev Peters, there wasn’t a lot of playing time available for the former Xavier standout.
If she can continue to develop her 3-point shot and work on a few more post moves inside, she should be able to increase her playing time. There is a chance the Lynx could look for a post in next year’s draft, so Harris will have the pressure to perform well in the offsesason and prepare herself for the 2014 WNBA season.
Regular Season Stats:
30 games (career high), 8.8 minutes per game, 2.4 points per game, 1.5 rebounds per game, 0.7 assists per game (career high)
5 games, 3 minutes per game, .8 points per game, .8 rebounds per game, .2 blocks per game
In the team’s second game of the season, the Lynx hosted center Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury. Griner, last season’s No. 1 pick, was supposed to be the best center on the floor… Try again. It was Harris, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes of play, that was the star of the night. The Lynx won 99-79 and Harris was able to limit Griner to just five rebounds in 30 minutes of play.
Harris was scheduled to play for Famila Schio (Italy), but recently, those plans have changed. When Harris makes a decision on her offseason plans, we will update accordingly. The Xavier center played for Bichumi (South Korea) last offseason. With Bichumi, Harris averaged 22 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks in 32 games.
They Said It:
"She got the game ball. We were all pretty proud of her. I told her early on I don't want her to go straight up, I want her to compete and go for the block... Her minutes were really limited for two seasons, it was kind of by design to bring her along, she's been patient and now she's making the most of it." – Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve after Harris’ performance against Griner.
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