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Friday / January 19.
  • Tobias Harris the "Story of the Summer"

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    I spoke with a highly respected Big East assistant coach today and he couldn’t stop raving about Tobias Harris.

    Harris, the 6-foot-8 rising senior forward at Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, dominated at the LeBron James Skills Academy and was the sixth-leading scorer (13.3 ppg) at the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va. Now he’s turning heads at the Peach Jam.

    Harris has a slew of big-time coaches falling all over themselves to get him.

    “He’s the best offensive forward in the country,” the coach said. “He can face up, he can post up, he can drive. He can do everything. If they took a picture of his body from last year and compared it to this year, he can make millions of dollars doing body sculpting or weight loss ads. He looks thin, quick and bouncy.

    “He’s really good. He’s the story of the summer.”

    Harris told Jeff Goodman of that he has shed 15 pounds of baby fat with a routine in which he woke up at 5 a.m. every day, ran two miles, worked out after school and also trained at 9 p.m. on his speed and agility.

    “I feel a lot faster,” said Harris, who dropped to 210 from 22 pounds. “Everything comes easier.”

    According to Torrel Harris, his son’s list now includes Kentucky and Memphis and looks like this: Kentucky, Memphis, Tennessee, UConn, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, St.John’s, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisville and West Virginia.

    Harris has tripped to Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Notre Dame and also plans to see Kentucky.

    “At the end of the summer we will cut the list to five schools and by the end of September we will have a college decision,” Torrel said.

    “When we pick our five, everybody’s going to know.”


    Doron Lamb of Oak Hill told Jeff Borzello of the NBE Report that his list includes Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Marquette, UConn, Arizona, Rutgers and St. John’s.

    He said he liked his recent visit to Kentucky and wants to see Kansas and Oklahoma.


    Richard Deitsch, my onetime Columbia classmate, has a lot of good laughs in his “Media Circus” column, where he covers LeBron James, Serena Williams and Jason Whitlock.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • AZ,

      What is UP?
      I gave you the input yesterday…..Yes, about Rickie Dickie.

    • Remember….The Excellent Sex Adventures of Rickie Dickie.

      Karen is ALL Legs. Did YOU see her organe outfit….
      Freaking …for Rickie Dickie.

      The Courier Journal reports that Karen Sypher has asked Louisville police to investigate Pitino in an investigation being handled by the sex crimes unit.

      This decision is likely tied to the decision of her former attorney to resign from the case last week. The story is below…

      Louv reponse to being CALLED OUT…JD…
      the media has said they would not cover the story because no investigation was taking place…now it is…will they change?

      Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Stengel said police told him that Sypher went to the department last week to request a criminal investigation of Pitino.

      Sypher made her report last week to the police department’s sex-offense unit. No details have been released.

      Stengel said in an interview Monday that the police department expects to forward its findings to him this week.

      Sypher, 49, a former model and the estranged wife of Pitino’s equipment manager and assistant, was indicted in May on charges of extortion for allegedly having someone call Pitino in February and threaten to go public with allegations of “a criminal nature” against him.

      An FBI agent said in a complaint that Sypher’s allegations concerned Pitino’s interactions with her in 2003, but the agent said her claims were not being detailed in the complaint because they were “suspect.”

    • please stop making yourself known. you are incredibly annoying and pushy with az. leave your thoughts to yourself. take esl again and start writing like an adult. it would make your rantings and ravings easier to digest. you think you sound cool or hip, but most times sound childish with no focus or real point at all. you waste space in the comments section and spam links to your own site. try to sound like an adult or give it a rest. i’m sure everbody else who read this site agrees with me. az used to respond in the comments section more frequently before you showed up. now you are causing this site to be less enjoyable specifically because of this reason.