When New York native Tobias Harris, a 6’8”, 220-pound power forward, signed a letter of intent with University of Tennessee Nov. 19, he became the highest-ranked high school player ever recruited by UT basketball. Here are some of his amazing numbers:
No. 1 rated power forward in the country according to Rivals.com
No. 5 best college prospect in the nation according to Rivals.com, No. 7 according to ESPN, No. 14 by HighSchoolHoops.com
2 times selected as Newsday All-Long Island player
25 points, 12 rebounds average per game as junior, leading Long Island Lutheran High School to the New York state championship
8 years old, began playing on an AAU team coached by his father, Torrel, one of the first African Americans to be licensed to produce clothing by the NBA, NFL and Nintendo America, beginning with his idea for a reversible warm-up suit
6 “short-list” schools Harris rejected: Maryland, Syracuse, West Virginia, Louisville, Kentucky, and Georgia Tech
124-49 score of UT’s thrashing of UNC/Asheville Nov. 17, Bruce Pearl’s 100th win, which Harris and his dad attended on a surprise visit two days before his live announcement on ESPNU—they sat in the upper deck and yes, paid for their own tickets.