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Tobias Harris could make a college decision after his home visits conclude and without taking any officials.
The 6-foot-8 Harris, out of Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, has a list of 11 in-home visits slated for Sept. 9-16.
“We already visited all these schools,” Torrel Harris, Tobias’ dad, said Sunday by phone. “We as a family, if we feel extremely comfortable with a particular school, after the home visits we may make a a decision.
“We already know all the schools.”
Harris, the No. 5 player in the Class of 2010, lists Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Notre Dame, UConn, Louisville, St. John’s, Tennessee, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Maryland.
Torrel insists there are “no favorites,” but said the family wants a school that will emphasize the “point forward” position.
He mentioned Louisville, UConn, West Virginia, Tennessee and Maryland as several programs that do that.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino is known for using point forwards, like Terrence Williams, who went to the NBA in this year’s draft.
“We like Louisville,” Torrel said. “Rick Pitino’s a great coach and he trains point forwards. He has experience, a track record of point forwards.”
Torrel said Pitino’s sexual involvement with Karen Sypher, who is facing an upcoming federal extortion trial, would not impact their decision.
“That’s his personal life, it ain’t got nothing to do with me,” Torrel said.
“The only concern we have is what happens if there’s so much pressure if he’s forced to resign. But from all indications that’s not gonna happen. If he’s there, we’re going there to be coached by a guy who is an expert on training point forwards.”
Torrel also mentioned that UConn, West Virginia, Maryland and Tennessee all had such experience.
UConn has produced Rudy Gay and Caron Butler.
“Theyr’e good, just like [UConn] Coach [Jim] Calhoun’s good, too,” he said.
“Bruce Pearl [of] Tennessee, he works with point forwards, Bobby Huggins works with point forwards. Maryland worked with Walt Williams. Paul Hewitt, everybody’s got something.”
He added: “It’s going to come down to what school is going to be honest about letting Tobias be a point forward. Don’t be surprised if a decision may be made after the home visits.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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.