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From Wisconsin to NBA Stardom, Devin Harris' Remarkable Journey as a Basketball Sensation

Wisconsin has produced many basketball players throughout the years and Devin Harris is definitely among the best. Harris is a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player. He played for 15 years professionally and ran a pretty impressive career in college and the NBA.

Devin Harris started playing basketball as a toddler. As he grew, he took a liking to volleyball as well. He attended Wauwatosa East High School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. There, he played both basketball and volleyball until his sophomore year when he dropped volleyball to fully invest his time in basketball. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury which made him unable to play ball for the season. He came back junior year stronger than ever, and as a senior Harris became Wauwatosa’s highest scorer and also won Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball.

Due to injuries, Harris missed many offers but was eventually recruited by UW-Madison’s coach Dick Bennett. Bennett, however, retired before Harris joined the team so he played under new head coach Bo Ryan instead. During his college career, Harris started all seasonal games as a freshman, helping the Badgers win the Big Ten Championship. During his sophomore year, Harris led his team to another championship win. In his last season with the Badgers, Harris averaged 19.5 points,

4.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game; an amazing performance that earned him the Big Ten Player of the Year award.

In Harris’ senior year of college, he decided to go pro and pursue a professional career in the NBA. He was drafted by the Washington Wizards as the fifth overall pick in round one of the 2004 NBA draft. He was soon traded to the Dallas Mavericks. During his rookie season, he got less and less playtime and only averaged 5.7 pts and 1.3 rebounds per game. He played three more seasons for the Mavericks until 2007 when he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Harris became an NBA All-Star in 2009 after a stellar performance with the Nets during the 2008-2009 season averaging 21.3 points a game. Harris would go on to sign for teams such as the Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks before the Dallas Mavericks re-signed him in 2013. However, they again traded him in the 2017-2018 season. He was traded to the Denver Nuggets and played one season there until the Mavericks signed him again for the third and final time. He played his last season with the Mavericks and retired in 2019.

Devin Harris has had an incredible career and won many awards. He even set a Guinness World Record for dribbling from one baseline to another in 3.93 seconds. He now lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and three children working as an NBA analyst.

[Source: Dallas News]

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