Saturday, September 06, 2008

Harris Enjoys Visit to Storrs

Earlier in the week, Tobias Harris came up with a top ten list of colleges he’d like to attend. UConn didn’t make the cut.

However, Harris made an unofficial visit to Storrs on Saturday, and UConn has vaulted into his top ten.

“That list was a primary list of schools, and UConn was one of the schools that could easily have been on it,” said Harris. “They’re on it now.”

Harris, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Long Island, was most impressed by UConn’s coaching staff. He talked to head coach Jim Calhoun about the state of the Huskies’ program, their style of play, and how well they should do this season.

“All the coaches are real good guys,” he said. “They all know what they’re doing.”

The fact that UConn currently has more alums in the NBA than any other program was another attraction.

“That’s show that they definitely are working well with their guys,” said Harris.

Harris, who will graduate in 2010, recently transferred from Dix Hills West High School to Long Island Lutheran in Brookville, N.Y., in order to face stiffer competition. Rated by scout.com as the nation’s No. 7 power forward in his class, Harris hopes to make a college decision by next summer.

Harris said the strongest part of his game is “probably my versatility. I can play many positions.”

He added that UConn currently sees him as a wing, “but they also see me as using my versatility to score and defend.”

Harris is no stranger to the UConn campus: he attended Jim Calhoun’s Elite Camp last month, but wasn’t able to play due to a thumb injury. He has already made unofficial visits to Maryland, Virginia, Georgetown and Louisville, but says he has no other visits currently scheduled.

Incidentally, the schools on Harris’s top ten list earlier in the week were, in no particular order, Louisville, Syracuse, Rutgers, Georgetown, Virginia, Maryland, Marquette, West Virginia, Wake Forest and USC. He didn’t say which one got nudged off by UConn.

“I have strong interest in them all,” Harris said.

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