C.J. Harris To Play for Denver In NBA Summer League

Written By Wake Forest Athletics

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest guard C.J. Harris has agreed to play for the Denver Nuggets in the 2013 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Harris, who graduated from Wake Forest this past May, was not selected during Thursday's NBA Draft.

The Winston-Salem native has not signed a professional contract with the Nuggets but will play for the squad in the annual summer league in hopes of securing a free agent deal with Denver or another NBA team.

"I'm excited to have another opportunity to go out there and show what I can do and hopefully impress some scouts and make a team," said Harris, who worked out for five teams this summer including twice for Denver.

Harris, a two-time All-ACC selection, ranked among the top six in the ACC in scoring each of the past two seasons.

He led Wake Forest in scoring with 15.4 points per game during his senior season. He ranked sixth in the ACC in scoring and also led the league in free throw shooting at 84.7 percent (138-of-163). Harris also ranked ninth in the ACC in 3-point field goals (1.9 per game) and 10th in minutes played (32.8).

Harris scored in double figures in 26 games this past year, including six 20-point performances. He scored a career-high 29 points twice, leading the Deacons to wins over Boston College (Jan. 12) and Virginia Tech (March 10).

Harris was named the ACC Player of the Week on Feb. 25 after scoring 23 points to lead the Deacons to an 80-65 upset of then No. 2-ranked Miami the previous Saturday.

A three-year team captain, Harris finished his career with 1,613 points in 124 games for an average of 13.0 per contest. He became just the 17th player in school history to score 1,600 points in a career.


Harris will go down as one of the top free throw shooters in ACC history with an 83.4 percent (533-of-639) mark for his career. He ranks seventh in school history and in the top 30 in ACC history in free throw percentage.

Harris is hoping to follow the path of former Demon Deacon guard Ishmael Smith, who went undrafted out of Wake Forest in 2010. Smith played in the 2010 summer league and eventually signed with the Houston Rockets. Smith has since played three years in the NBA with five different organizations, most recently the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks in 2012-13.

Smith is one of seven former Deacons who played in the NBA this past season. The others include Al-Farouq Aminu (New Orleans Pelicans), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), Josh Howard (Minnesota Timberwolves), James Johnson (Sacramento Kings), Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers) and Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks).


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