Playing In France Has More Pros Than Cons For Justin Harper

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel looks at the pros and cons of Magic rookie forward Justin Harper playing in France.

Pro #1: He’ll get better as a player
If he had stayed in the U.S. and waited for the lockout to end, Harper would’ve gathered some rust and stunted his own growth as a basketball player.

Part of what made Harper appealing to the Magic is that he improved every season in high school and in four years at the University of Richmond.

He didn’t make his middle-school team as a seventh- or eighth-grader, didn’t play varsity ball until his junior year of high school and wasn’t a big-time college recruit. But he persevered, and some NBA teams — including the Magic — considered him a first-round talent.

I agree with Robbins when he says the pros outweigh the cons and this surely appears to be the right decision for Harper, considering he can head back to the states once the lockout ends.

You can read the full story from Robbins here.

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