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 FoxSports.com 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.
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