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Nine Things You Should Know about Tyler Harris

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1. Harris’ stock jumped at the 2010 Providence Jamfest where he was named MVP at an event loaded with high-major talent including Ricardo Ledo, Michael Carter-Williams, Khem Birch, Andre Drummond, Naadir Tharpe, Alex Murphy, and Markus Kennedy.  It was also the only time this writer saw him play in person.

Playing for a Westchester Hawks team that was without stalwarts Jabarie Hinds and Dajuan Coleman, the Hawks made a surprising run to the title behind a 33 point explosion by Harris in which he connected on eight three pointers in the semi-finals.  He was quiet (3 points) in the championship against Ricardo Ledo and the Expressions, but his team took home the title in an upset.

Providence fans may remember that Jamfest in particular, as Ledo was the star of an Expressions team that also featured Michael Carter-Williams and Khem Birch.  Ledo had averaged 25 points over the final three games of the tournament, including a 27 point barrage against Andre Drummond and the Connecticut Basketball Club.

2. The Friars looked to be well-positioned to land Harris in the fall of 2010, as he was on campus for PC’s version of Midnight Madness.  His father and then-Providence Director of Operations Kevin Gamble were reportedly close, but Harris ended up committing to North Carolina State a month later.

Harris was part of the final recruiting class for then-head coach Sidney Lowe who resigned prior to Harris’ arrival on campus.  He remained committed to new head coach Mark Gottfried, and saw spot duty for a Wolfpack team that made a surprising run to the Sweet 16 before losing a heart-breaker to eventual national runner-up Kansas.

With a trio of McDonald’s All Americans (Rodney Purvis, TJ Warren and Tyler Lewis) headed to NC State next season, joining potential first round picks CJ Leslie and Lorenzo Brown the Wolfpack have the makings of one of the deepest teams in the country next year.

3. A slender left handed shooter, the 6’8 Harris saw his minutes decrease as his freshman season wore on.  In perhaps his best game of the season he scored seven points and grabbed six boards in 28 minutes against then-#20 Vanderbilt, but didn’t see double digit minutes in a game after November.

The seven minutes he logged against Kansas in the season-ending loss were the most he’d gotten since a November 30 loss to Indiana.

4. He’s the young brother of former Tennessee star and NBA first round pick Tobias Harris, and has a sister playing for St. John’s.

5. The addition of Harris gives Providence a pair of transfers from the ACC who will be eligible for the 2013-14 season.  Harris will have three years of eligibility, while Wake Forest transfer Carson Desrosiers will play his final two years in Providence.

Both players have length, and skill, but both will benefit from a redshirt year in which they can add muscle prior to heading into the Big East wars.  Harris projects as more of a long three at this point, as he weighs just over 200 pounds according to North Carolina State’s athletic department.

6. Harris wrapped up his high school career at New Jersey powerhouse St. Benedict’s after he and his brother led their high school team to the New York State AA state title game in 2009.

7. His father pointed towards Harris’ relationships with Ed Cooley and associate head coach Andre Lafleur as the key to his commitment to Providence.  Temple, Dayton and South Florida were among the schools he was considering.

8. He was a Management major at NC State.

9. Here’s how he looks on tape.

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