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Elias Harris
Harris for Germany in 2014
No. 20 – San-en NeoPhoenix
Small forward / Power forward
Personal information
Born 6 July 1989 (1989-07-06) (age 32)
Speyer, West Germany
Nationality German
High school Friedrich-Magnus-Schwerd-Gymnasium
(Speyer, Germany)
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
College Gonzaga (2009–2013)
NBA Draft 2013 / Undrafted
Pro career 2005–present
League B.League
Career history
2005–2009 BIS Baskets Speyer
2013 Los Angeles Lakers
2013–2020 Brose Bamberg
2020–2021 Riesen Ludwigsburg
2021 Zaragoza
2021–present San-en NeoPhoenix
Career highlights and awards
  • Bundesliga champion (2015–2017)
  • 3× First-team All-WCC (2010, 2012, 2013)
  • WCC Newcomer of the Year (2010)
  • WCC All-Freshman Team (2010)

Elias Harris (born 6 July 1989) is a German professional basketball player for San-en NeoPhoenix. He played college basketball at Gonzaga University and plays for the German national team.

Junior career

Harris was one of the top junior players in Germany when he graduated from Friedrich-Magnus-Schwerd-Gymnasium in Speyer, Germany. As a German junior, he spent four years playing for BIS Speyer in the German Pro B third division for four years, averaging 20.9 ppg and 9.2 rpg in 2008–09. He also competed with the German national junior basketball team at the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship; 2006 and 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship; and 2008 and 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship.

College career

Elias Harris Gonzaga
Harris playing for Gonzaga

Harris committed to NCAA Division I squad Gonzaga University prior to the 2009–10 season. He immediately saw action with the Bulldogs despite being a freshman; in his second game of the season, against powerhouse #2-ranked Michigan State University, he scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed a team-high 9 rebounds in a narrow 75–71 loss.

Professional career

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Harris joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2013 NBA Summer League. He finished the summer league with averages of 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. On 14 August 2013, he signed a multi-year deal with the Lakers. During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. On 29 November 2013, he was waived by the Lakers.

On 13 December 2013, he signed a two-year deal with Brose Bamberg of Germany and in April 2015 had his contract extended through the 2016-17 season. In March 2017, Harris signed a new deal with the Bamberg side, which kept him with the club until 2020.

In July 2014, Harris joined the Phoenix Suns for the 2014 NBA Summer League. In 2020, he did not have his contract renewed by the Bamberg team. During his seven years with the team, Harris won three German championships and two German Cup titles. He served as team captain.

On 23 September 2020, Harris signed with Riesen Ludwigsburg of the Basketball Bundesliga.

On 3 January 2021, he signed with Basket Zaragoza of the Liga ACB.

International career

Harris made his debut with the senior German national basketball team at the EuroBasket 2009. Although he was the second-youngest player on the team, he averaged 12 minutes per game while seeing action in all six games for the German squad.

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