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Harris leans toward returning to Badgers

MILWAUKEE -- Devin Harris, the Big Ten player of the year,
said he's leaning toward staying at Wisconsin for his senior season
but will leave if he's a projected lottery pick in the NBA draft.

Harris said he should know better where he stands after the
upcoming Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament.

"I'm leaning toward coming back right now," he said Friday.
"But it could change within the next two weeks. ... Hopefully it
will just come to me in my sleep sometime."

Actually, he said the biggest factor is his decision is how high
he figures to get drafted.

"If I'm not looked at high enough in the draft then there's no
point in me coming out early," he said. "I wouldn't want to miss
out on my senior year for something lower" than a lottery pick.

He said he's hearing all kinds of predictions.

"It's all over the place, it could be anywhere, so right now
I'm just leaning toward my comfort level, which is back to
Madison," he said.

Harris scored a school-record 624 points last season and
averaged 19.5. If he stays in school, the Badgers would have a
loaded lineup next year and might be able to make a run at the
Final Four.

"I think we'll do even better than we've done in the past,"
Harris said. So that will weigh in his decision, too.

But money won't, he said.

"It's going to be there whether it's this year or next year,"
he said, adding that he's taken out an insurance policy in case he
gets hurt.

May 10 is the deadline to declare for the NBA draft, although
Harris could still leave the door open for a return to the Badgers
as long as he doesn't sign with an agent.

He could participate in the NBA's pre-draft camp in Chicago to
get a better feel for his standing in the scouts' eyes. That's what
Jameer Nelson
did before returning to St. Joseph's for his senior
year.

Harris, who grew up in Wauwatosa a few miles from the old County
Stadium, which has been replaced by Miller Park, was one of four
guests who threw out ceremonial first pitches at the Milwaukee
Brewers' home opener Friday.

He threw a strike but said the experience was more nerve-racking
than sinking the winning free throw with less than a second left
for the Big Ten title as he did two years ago.

"I think so, there was a lot more people watching," he said.