Elias Harris

Elias Harris (born July 6, 1989) is a German-American professional basketball player who currently plays for Brose Bamberg of the Basketball Bundesliga. He played college basketball at Gonzaga University and plays for the German national basketball team.

Elias Harris
EuroBasket Qualifier Austria vs Germany, 13 August 2014 - 012
Harris for Germany in 2014
No. 20 – Brose Bamberg
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
LeagueBasketball Bundesliga
Basketball Champions League
Personal information
BornJuly 6, 1989 (age 29)
Speyer, Germany
NationalityGerman / American
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High schoolFriedrich-Magnus-Schwerd-Gymnasium
(Speyer, Germany)
CollegeGonzaga (2009–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Undrafted
Playing career2005–present
Career history
2005–2009BIS Baskets Speyer
2013Los Angeles Lakers
2013Los Angeles D-Fenders
2013–presentBrose Bamberg
Career highlights and awards
  • 3x Bundesliga champion (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • 3x First-team All-WCC (2010, 2012, 2013)
  • All-WCC Honorable Mention (2011)
  • WCC Newcomer of the Year (2010)
  • WCC All-Freshman Team (2010)

Junior career

Harris was one of the top junior players in Germany when he graduated from Friedrich-Magnus-Schwerd-Gymnasium in Speyer, Germany. As a German junior, he spent four years playing for BIS Speyer in the German Pro B third division for four years, averaging 20.9 ppg and 9.2 rpg in 2008–09.[1] He also competed with the German national junior basketball team at the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship; 2006 and 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship; and 2008 and 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship.

College career

Elias Harris Gonzaga
Harris playing for Gonzaga

Harris committed to NCAA Division I squad Gonzaga University prior to the 2009–10 season.[2] He immediately saw action with the Bulldogs despite being a freshman; in his second game of the season, against powerhouse #2-ranked Michigan State University, he scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed a team-high 9 rebounds in a narrow 75–71 loss.[3]

Professional career

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Harris joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2013 NBA Summer League. He finished the summer league with averages of 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.[4] On August 14, 2013, he signed a multi-year deal with the Lakers.[5] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[6] On November 29, 2013, he was waived by the Lakers.[7]

On December 13, 2013, he signed a two-year deal with Brose Bamberg of Germany[8] and in April 2015 had his contract extended through the 2016-17 season.[9] In March 2017, Harris signed a new deal with the Bamberg side, which would keep him with the club until 2020.[10]

In July 2014, Harris joined the Phoenix Suns for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[11]

International career

Harris made his debut with the senior German national basketball team at the EuroBasket 2009. Although he was the second-youngest player on the team, he averaged 12 minutes per game while seeing action in all six games for the German squad.[12]


  1. ^ Elias Harris Biography – GoZags.com
  2. ^ "Elias Harris". ESPN.com. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Summers' big shots help Spartans take, hold lead against Gonzaga". ESPN.com. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  4. ^ 2013 Summer League Statistics
  5. ^ "Lakers Sign Elias Harris". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  6. ^ "NBA Development League: 2013-14 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Lakers waive forward Elias Harris". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Elias Harris firma con il Bamberg". Sportando. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Brose Baskets verlängern mit Theis und Harris" (in German). 2016-07-18. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  10. ^ "Artikel - Brose Bamberg". www.brosebamberg.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  11. ^ "Suns' 2014 Summer League Roster Announced". Phoenix Suns. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Elias Harris - EuroBasket (2009) - FIBA Europe". Retrieved 18 January 2016.

External links

2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Gonzaga University in the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs are members of the West Coast Conference, were led by head coach Mark Few, and played they home games at the McCarthey Athletic Center on the Gonzaga campus in Spokane, Washington. The Zags finished the season 27–7, 12–2 in WCC play to claim the regular season championship. They advanced to the championship game of the 2010 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament before falling to Saint Mary's. They received an at–large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning an 8 seed in the West Region. They defeated 9 seed Florida State in the first round before losing to 1 seed and AP #4 Syracuse in the second round.

2010–11 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2010–11 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Gonzaga University in the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs are members of the West Coast Conference, and were led by head coach Mark Few. They played their home games at the McCarthey Athletic Center on the university campus in Spokane, Washington.

The team lost the 2010 WCC Player of the Year Matt Bouldin to graduation, but returned the rest of their starting lineup. Three of the returning players participated in the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey—Elias Harris for Germany and Kelly Olynyk and Robert Sacre for Canada. Gonzaga was the only NCAA school with more than one player involved in the 2010 Worlds.

The Bulldogs finished the 2010–11 season 25–10, 11–3 in WCC play to share the regular season championship with Saint Mary's. They defeated Saint Mary's in the championship game of the 2011 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament to earn an automatic bid in the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. As the 11 seed in the southeast region, the defeated 6 seed St. John's in the second round before falling to 3 seed Brigham Young in the third round.

2011–12 West Coast Conference men's basketball season

The 2011–12 West Coast Conference men's basketball season begins with practices in October 2011 and ends with the 2012 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament from February 29- March 5, 2012 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The regular season begins on the weekend of November 11, with the conference schedule starting on December 29.

This is the sixty-first season under the West Coast Conference name. In July 2011, a new faith based, private school joined the conference. BYU came from the Mountain West, the conferences first change since 1980.

2012 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2012 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament will be held February 29 though March 5 at the Orleans Arena in the Las Vegas-area community of Paradise, Nevada.

2012–13 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2012–13 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Gonzaga University in the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team played their home games at the McCarthey Athletic Center, which has a capacity of 6,000. The Bulldogs (also informally referred to as the Zags), were in their 33rd season as a member of the West Coast Conference, and were led by head coach Mark Few, who was in his 14th season as head coach. In the previous season, the Zags gained a record of 26–7 and reached the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

On March 4, 2013, Gonzaga was the top-ranked team in the nation for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs were the fifth team to be ranked number one during the 2013 season.

2012–13 West Coast Conference men's basketball season

The 2012–13 West Coast Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2012 and ended with the 2013 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the Orleans Arena March 6–11, 2013 in Las Vegas. The regular season began in November, with the conference schedule starting at the end of December.

This was the 62nd season for the conference, and the 24th under its current name as "West Coast Conference". The conference began as the California Basketball Association in 1952, became the West Coast Athletic Conference in 1956, and dropped the word "Athletic" in 1989. After having no changes from 1980 until 2011, the conference will have its second change in three years in 2013. Original conference founder, and a fellow faith-based, private school Pacific will rejoin the conference. Pacific will come from the Big West.

2013 NBA draft

The 2013 NBA draft was held on June 27, 2013, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The lottery took place on May 21, 2013. This was the first draft for New Orleans under their new Pelicans name after playing as the New Orleans Hornets previously. It would also be the last draft for the Charlotte Bobcats under their old name, as they went back to playing under their old Hornets moniker that they last used in 2002 once the 2013–14 NBA season was over. This draft class, thought to be considered one of the worst since 2000, has made recent strides, with three consecutive players awarded the NBA Most Improved Player Award since 2016. Anthony Bennett, the first pick, bounced around the league, and then was finally released by the Brooklyn Nets after averaging just 5.2 PPG.

Highlights of the draft included the first Canadian number one selection (Anthony Bennett). The draft also included the first Canadian pair of lottery picks (Bennett and Kelly Olynyk), the first Iranian draft choice (Arsalan Kazemi), the first New Zealander first round pick (Steven Adams) and the last first round draft selections announced by then-NBA commissioner David Stern, the very last of which included a visit by Hakeem Olajuwon, Stern's first pick he ever announced back in 1984. He was replaced by current commissioner Adam Silver beginning with the 2014 NBA draft.

2013 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2013 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held March 6–11, 2013 at the Orleans Arena in the Las Vegas-area community of Paradise, Nevada. Gonzaga, which entered the tournament as the top-ranked team in both major polls, claimed the school's 12th tournament title overall and 10th under current head coach Mark Few.

2014–15 Basketball Bundesliga

The Basketball Bundesliga 2014–15 was the 49th season of the Basketball Bundesliga. The regular season started on 2 October 2014 and ended on 3 May 2015. The Playoffs started on 9 May and ended on 21 June 2015.Brose Baskets was the top seed in the regular season. The team also won the title, after it beat Bayern Munich 3–2 in the Finals. TBB Trier and Crailsheim Merlins finished in the relegation places, but due to Artland Dragons withdrawing from the Bundesliga, Crailsheim accepted an offer to remain in the Bundesliga for 2015–16.

2015 BBL-Pokal

The 2015 BBL-Pokal was the 48th season of the German Basketball Cup. The Final Four was held in Oldenburg, which gained EWE Baskets Oldenburg automatic qualification. The other six participating teams were selected through the standings in the 2014–15 Basketball Bundesliga.

Americans in Germany

Americans in Germany or American Germans (German: Amerikanische Deutsche

or Amerikodeutsche) refers to the American population in Germany and their German-born descendants. According to Destatis, 107,755 American citizens lived in Germany in 2013, and about 324,000 people with American ancestry.At the same time, more than 40,000 members of the US military and 15,000 civilian employees of American citizenship are permanently in Germany, with a strong presence in Kaiserslautern, which in the 1950s became the largest US military community outside of the United States. In addition, there are significant numbers of American expatriates in Germany, especially professionals sent abroad by their companies and an increasing number of college students and graduates (also due to the affordable higher education system and the favorable quality of life). By December 2013, the largest American diasporas in Germany are Berlin with over 16,000 people, and the area around Darmstadt with about 13,000 people.

Basketball in Germany

Basketball is a popular sport in Germany, and it is played on both the amateur and professional levels. Basketball has a long history in Germany; with its popularity having developed slowly. Today, basketball is one of the most popular sports in Germany.

Daniel Theis

Daniel Theis (born April 4, 1992) is a German professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA).


Elias is the Latin and Greek equivalent of Elijah (Hebrew Eliyahu, Arabic Ilyas), a prophet in Israel in the 9th century BCE, mentioned in several holy books. Due to his prominent role in the scriptures and to many later traditions associated with him, his name is used as personal male name in numerous languages.

Germany national basketball team

The Germany national basketball team is organized and run by the German Basketball Federation. (German: Deutscher Basketball Bund). Their biggest successes are the victory in the European Championship of EuroBasket 1993, at home in Germany, the silver medal in the EuroBasket 2005, and the FIBA World Championship bronze medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Gonzaga University. The school competes in the West Coast Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Gonzaga Bulldogs play home basketball games at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington on the university campus.

Gonzaga has had 15 of its players receive the WCC Player of the Year award, and two players, Frank Burgess in 1961 with 32.4 points per game, and Adam Morrison in 2006 with 28.1 points per game, have led the nation in scoring. Adam Morrison was named the Co-National Player of the year for the 2005–06 season.

Since the mid-1990s, Gonzaga has established itself as one of the closest things to a major basketball power in a mid-major conference. They have been to every NCAA Tournament since 1999, a year in which they made a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight, and have appeared in every final AP poll since the 2008–09 season. They have also appeared in all but one WCC conference title game since 1995, and in every conference title game since 1998, winning 16 of them. This culminated in 2016–17, when the Bulldogs went to their first Final Four in school history, advancing all the way to the national championship game.


Speyer (German pronunciation: [ˈʃpaɪ̯ɐ], older spelling Speier, known as Spire in French and formerly as Spires in English) is a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, with approximately 50,000 inhabitants. Located beside the river Rhine, Speyer is 25 km (16 miles) south of Ludwigshafen and Mannheim. Founded by the Romans, it is one of Germany's oldest cities.

Speyer is dominated by the Speyer Cathedral, a number of churches and the Altpörtel (old gate). In the cathedral, beneath the high altar, are the tombs of eight Holy Roman Emperors and German kings.

The city is famous for the 1529 Protestation at Speyer.

Tommy Lloyd

Tommy Lloyd (born December 21, 1974) is an American basketball coach, and is currently an assistant coach for Gonzaga University.

West Coast Conference

The West Coast Conference (WCC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated in NCAA Division I consisting of ten member schools across the states of California, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

All of the current members are private, faith-based institutions. Seven members are Catholic Church affiliates, with four of these schools being Jesuit institutions. Pepperdine is an affiliate of the Churches of Christ. Brigham Young University is an affiliate of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The conference's newest member, the University of the Pacific (which re-joined in 2013 after a 42-year absence), is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, although it has been financially independent of the church since 1969.

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