Updated 12:30 pm:
North Carolina State coach Sidney Lowe has taken another major step toward upgrading the talent of the Wolfpack by adding SF Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, NY./St. Benedicts Prep) who joins 7-foot center Joseph Uchebo (Word of God Christian Academy (NC) and last year’s No. 1 recruit, McDonald’s All American C.J. Leslie.
“I developed a good relationship with the coaching staff, loved the campus and really liked how hard the players worked and I could see myself fitting in when I was on my visit,” said Harris, who picked the Wolfpack over St. John’s, Providence and Iowa.
“We really loved the wide open style of play and the fact that coach Lowe is a former NBA coach and was a very down to earth person was something that made NC State very attractive. NC State is ready to take the next step in the ACC and Tyler wanted to be apart of that.” said Tyler’s dad, Torrel Harris.
The younger brother of 2010 McDonald’s All American Tobias Harris’, who is a freshman at Tennessee, work ethic rubbed off on Tyler.
New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said Harris has vast potential, but needs to continue to grow stronger and improve his competitive edge.
â€œHeâ€™s a guy who grows before your very eyes,â€ he said. â€œHeâ€™s taller at the end of the fourth quarter than he was at the beginning of the first quarter. He has a super-active pituitary gland. Heâ€™s going to be 6-10, he might be 6-10 by the end of the season.
â€œHeâ€™s made enormous progress in the last year in terms of competing. He always had that Tayshaun Prince 3-pointer off the catch. He shoots deep 3â€²s. He could always cover the court well.
â€œHe needs to get a lot stronger, the way Tobias needed to get a lot stronger. He hasnâ€™t done the work on his body to this point that Tobias had done on his body from his sophomore year to his senior year, but he has enormous potential. Since the end of last season, heâ€™s made exponential strides in terms of just competing and really playing hard.â€
2011 recruit Tyler Harris is announcing his decision today. Jeff Goodman is predicting Harris will choose to run with the Pack. Last Friday, 2012 PG Tyler Lewis committed to NC State.
We will update this thread once Harris’ decision becomes official. He is said to be choosing between NC State, Iowa, and Providence. Coach Lowe has four open scholarships to hand out for the 2011/2012 season as it stands right now. Harris would join a 2011 recruiting class that already includes a center prospect in Joseph Uchebo.
Tobias Harrisâ€™ little brother is headed down south, also.
Tyler Harris, according to sources close to the situation, is expected to commit to N.C. State.
The 6-foot-8 senior forward, a New York native who is at St. Benedictâ€™s (N.J.) this season, also considered Providence and Iowa.
Packpride has some quotes from Harris today:
“I made my decision following my last visit,” said Harris. “I came home and talked with my parents about it and now I’m ready to announce it.
“It was everything about the school. It had everything I was looking for from style of play, a nice campus, a good coaching staff, and great players. I believe I fit in well there with the players and coaches, and I have a great relationship with the coaches.”
Harris is tentatively scheduled to announce his decision at 12:30. Pack Pride will have more from Harris following his decision.
1. C.J. Williams (Sr. – scholarship goes to Tyler Lewis in 2012/2013)
2. Richard Howell (Jr.)
3. Scott Wood (Jr.)
4. Deshawn Painter (Jr.)
5. Jordan Vandenberg (Jr.)
6. Ryan Harrow (So.)
7. Lorenzon Brown (So.)
8. C.J. Leslie (So.)
9. Joseph Uchebo (Fr)
10. Tyler Harris (Fr)