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Michigan State lands coveted West Virginia transfer Eron Harris

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Feb 15, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Eron Harris (10) reacts after a play during the first half against the Texas Longhorns at Frank Erwin Special Events Center. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

As soon as Eron Harris canceled his visit to Michigan this past weekend, it became clear the coveted West Virginia transfer had chosen either Michigan State or Purdue instead.

On Monday, Harris revealed which of his other two Big Ten suitors he had picked.

Landing Harris is huge for Michigan State even though the 6-foot-3 guard will have to sit out next season before playing for the Spartans the following year. Harris averaged 17.2 points and shot 42.2 percent from behind the arc as a sophomore, briefly leading rebuilding West Virginia into NCAA tournament contention in February before the Mountaineers settled for an NIT bid. 

It was important for Michigan State to add a player of Harris' caliber because the Spartans lost plenty of talent this offseason and will likely lose plenty more the following year. 

Gary Harris entered the draft in April and Adreian Payne and Keith Appling both graduated in May. Branden Dawson and Travis Trice are both seniors next season and it wouldn't be unthinkable for Denzel Valentine to emerge as an early-entry candidate if he enjoys the breakout junior season many expect from him.

Once he's eligible, Harris will provide some of the perimeter scoring Michigan State will need.

He'd be a welcome addition regardless, but beating out rival Michigan and Big Ten foe Purdue to get him has to make it all the more sweet.

For more Michigan State news, visit SpartanMag.com.

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