Former Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Elias Harris is returning to Germany, signing a deal with FC Bayern Munich for the 2022-23 season.
Harris spent last season in Japan with San-en NeoPhoenix. It was his first year in Japan and he took full advantage, averaging 17.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 44 games, although his team went just 10-34.
Prior to his stint in Japan, Harris spent the last eight years in Germany, seven with Brose Bamberg where he was a key reserve, twice scoring in double figures. He spent 11 games with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in 20-21, a stretch where the team went 10-1 and he averaged 15.5 points and 4.9 rebounds.
Harris is one of the most accomplished Zags of all-time, starting 133 games for Gonzaga from 2009-2013 and averaging 13.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 51.7% from the field and 35.6% from deep. He had a very brief (two game) stint with the Lakers in 13-14, spending some time in the G-League before eventually returning to Germany.
Many believe Harris could have stuck in the NBA had he decided to go pro after his outstanding freshman season, but he has managed to have a long and fruitful professional career in his home country. He turned 33 less than a week ago, and should still have a few years left in the tank.
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