Raptors select Jalen Harris with pick No. 59 in 2020 NBA Draft


Wyoming's Kwane Marble II and Nevada's Jalen Harris (2) fall to the court during the first half of a Mountain West Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Las Vegas. Marble was called for a foul. (Isaac Brekken / AP)

The Toronto Raptors have selected University of Nevada guard Jalen Harris at No. 59, their second pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The six-foot-five, 195-pound product of Duncanville, Texas, averaged 21.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists on 44.6 per cent shooting from the field and 36.2 per cent from three last season with Nevada.

Harris broke his back in high school and was just a three-star recruit in the 2016 class, joining Louisiana Tech on a scholarship. After two seasons, the 22-year-old transferred to Nevada, where he caught the attention of scouts.

Harris told NSN Daily earlier that his experience in grinding his way up the ladder should give him a leg up over competition in the NBA.

“When I go to this next level, a lot of people haven’t had to go through that adversity and go through these trials and these different things that I’ve overcome. Some people will get hit with that at the NBA level and not be able to get over it. That’s something, for me, that I’ll be able to push through because I’ve been through things like that.”

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