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Flynn/Harris Draft 2009

June 24, 2009

BASKETBALL: With assist from Flynn, Harris looking to NBA Draft

NIAGARA FALLS — Of all the times Jonny Flynn set up Paul Harris on the court over the years, Harris holds the most gratitude for the latest assist off the floor.

Harris and Flynn arrived at Syracuse University a year apart, but with the same high hopes for stardom. They left college together in April. And the expectations for Flynn’s professional basketball career have soared past those for Harris.

Flynn entered the NBA draft pool and is a likely lottery pick.

Harris was surprised to learn Syracuse had put out a press release saying he would also turn pro. And he was just as surprised to learn several draft-themed Web sites didn’t deem Harris to be a draftable player.

From a large pool of interested agents, Flynn picked Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency, who also represents LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony. Rose helped Flynn get to Chicago, where Tim Grover, Michael Jordan’s former trainer, refined his skills in preparation for pre-draft workouts.

And Flynn made sure his former Niagara Falls High School teammate came with him.

“I’m glad he gave me the opportunity to come down here and work out,” Harris said during his final week in Chicago. “It shows that this is more than basketball. This is brothers and family, forever. When I was younger, I had the juice. Now he’s got the juice and he’s using it to help both of us.

“It’s definitely not free to work out in Chicago. I didn’t know who was paying for it at first. And I found out it was him. It’s an honor and a blessing to know him.”

At Grover’s A.T.T.A.C.K. Athletics facility, Harris got to work on his guard skills, including a jump shot that was redesigned by Tim “The Target” Sullivan, a former Canisius player. Harris also got to practice the same drills NBA teams would later put him through in workouts. He went up against several prospects rated higher than him, as well as established NBA players.

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    June 29, 2009 1 Photo

  • BASKETBALL: Harris to join Flynn on T-Wolves summer squad Paul Harris said Monday that he will accept an offer to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the upcoming NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where Jonny Flynn will also make his professional debut after Minnesota made him the sixth overall pick in last week’s NBA draft.

    June 29, 2009

  • 090623 harris in falls2 BASKETBALL: Harris keeps his head in the game Paul Harris returned to the Niagara Falls High School Wolverena to workout Friday, determined to pursue an NBA career despite going undrafted the night before. Harris said the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Chicago Bulls have extended summer league invitations so far.

    June 26, 2009 1 Photo

  • New Timberwolves Basketball BASKETBALL: Timberwolves say Flynn, Rubio will make dynamic backcourt Timberwolves president David Kahn told jittery supporters he believes Ricky Rubio, the fifth overall pick, and Niagara Falls' Jonny Flynn, the sixth pick, will play off of each other extremely well and “together, we will have one of the most dynamic defensive backcourts in the NBA over time.”

    June 26, 2009 1 Photo

  • BASKETBALL: Flynn selection is Falls' finest hour A team that first dominated the Niagara Frontier League, then a power-packed independent schedule got its ultimate validation on Thursday at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater when former Niagara Falls High School point guard Jonny Flynn was among the first names called off by National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern at the 2009 Draft.

    June 26, 2009

  • SCHMITT: Destiny plays trick on Flynn Jonny Flynn has talent. Always has. Tim Winn talked about it years ago, saying he’d be the best of the Niagara Falls bunch. He was right, as Thursday’s events can attest.

    June 25, 2009

  • 090624 harris in falls BASKETBALL: With assist from Flynn, Harris looking to NBA Draft Of all the times Jonny Flynn set up Paul Harris on the court over the years, Harris holds the most gratitude for the latest assist off the floor.

    June 24, 2009 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_348233734 JONNY FLYNN, part 3: What does the future have in store? Where does the Niagara Falls senior see himself after his time as a Wolverine is done?

    June 24, 2009 1 Photo

  • NCAA Syracuse Basketball BASKETBALL: NBA sizes up Jonny Flynn Reports out of Chicago, where the NBA just concluded its pre-draft scouting combine, indicated the Niagara Falls native measured out as one of the shortest players in attendance, but his performance in competitive drills solidified his status as a potential top 10 pick.

    May 30, 2009 1 Photo

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