Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
After his stellar play at the recent King James Shooting Stars, Tobias Harris is picking up a lot of interest.
Harris, a 6-foot-7 sophomore shooting guard from Dix Hills (NY) Half Hollow Hills West, received interest from DePaul, Marquette, Ohio State, Virginia, Wake Forest and Baylor.
A slew of schools have already offered Harris, with Rutgers being the first. UConn, Maryland, Arizona, Virginia Tech and Indiana previously offered, according to Torrel Harris, Tobias’s father and coach of his Unique All-Stars AAU club.
“He is just playing and keeping an open mind, but he really likes (Rutgers assistant) Craig Carter and Coach (Fred) Hill of Rutgers,” Torrel said. “He believes they are very sincere and caring coaches beyond basketball.”
Harris dropped in 52 points in a game this February and has more than 1,000 career points already.
“He’s a shooting guard, which is amazing because he’s 6-7,” said Half Hollows coach Bill MItaritonna. “This is his third year playing for me because he played varsity as an 8th-grader. We brought him up midway through the season. He was the sixth man, he had a lot of big shots.”
“He led the team in scoring as a freshman and averages 31 this year.”
Harris was 6-1 as an eighth-grader and has grown six inches in two and a half years. His coach projects that he’ll end up at 6-10.
“He’s just a baby. He hasn’t even hit the weight room yet, MItaritonna said. “It’s been amazing, this kid is all legs.”
Harris’ previous career-high was 39 in December, and Mitaritonna said he “could’ve left him in for more. He was just feeling it.”
The young man has also trained with former NBA star George “Ice Man” Gervin because his father is friends with Gervin.
“His shot is as pure as I’ve seen a kid shoot,” Mitaritonna said. “He needs to work on his quickness. He’s got that Gervin-like movement. He’s smooth. He uses his body well to get his shot open. He’s able to make a move off the dribble and get his shot off with relative ease.”
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.