Friday, June 21, 2013

Top 20 Departing: #18 Michael Harthun

I am counting down the top 20 players that are departing the Big Sky via graduation, transfer, or any other way.

When Michael Harthun came to Portland State after starting his career at Washington State, he was billed as being an excellent shooter. To that end, he definitely did not disappoint during his two years as a Viking.

In his junior year, Harthun shot a solid 42.5% from deep, which is good. As a senior, he upped that to 45.2%, which was good for fourth in the Big Sky. He was one of the best shooters in the conference. His efficient offensive play went beyond the three-point shooting, as he also shot 52% on twos, and 83% from the FT line. This game him an ORtg of 117.7, which was sixth in the conference.

His offensive efficiency and ability to space the floor (61.6% TS%) will be missed by the PSU offense.

He took fairly good care of the ball, and his assist rate was pretty average for his position. However, he didn't add much on the glass, with a 2.0 OR% and 7.9 DR%. Like most of the Vikings, defense was not his strong suit either.

However, he makes the cut as one of the best 20 players leaving the conference because he played his role well, as offensive spacer and efficient role player. Every team needs those type of guys, and so Tyler Geving and Portland State has to be happy with the production Harthun gave them the past two seasons.

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