Just three weeks ago, UK was just another schools trying to get involved in the recruitment of the summer’s hottest commodity, 6-7 forward Tobias Harris. His father, Torrel Harris, felt that with a school of Kentucky’s history and with a coach of John Calipari’s stature, you had to take a closer look. Today, the Harris family got that closer look and it seems like the Cats have made up a lot of ground with the New York prospect.
“They definitely improved their status with me. I got see [the program] more and see what it was all about and that’s why we came, ” Tobias explained.
In order to lure in any top prospect, a school must really show all of their major selling points and Tobias and his family seemed to get the royal treatment from the coaching staff while in Lexington. “I talked to Coach Calipari, seen all the facilities, took a tour of the campus, talked to some of the players and got to meet the academic advisors and all the people in the program basically.”
One familiar face Tobias noticed while on his visit was that of UK’s former top recruit and another former hot name from the AAU circuit. “I knew John Wall because we were on the same team at Reebok U. two years ago,” he said. Demarcus Cousins also greeted the Harris family in Lexington. The facilities and the fans are always big selling points for any recruit that UK is trying to attract and while describing what really stuck out to him on the visit, one could tell that this was point was not lost on Tobias, who said, “The facilities are all top of the line. The campus is nice and they have good fan support. They’ve got a great program.”
From here, Tobias and his family plan on sitting down and trimming his list of schools, most likely toward the end of August. When asked whether UK would make that cut, Tobias said, “[I] don’t want to put any school ahead of others right now but I got to see a lot more about UK today.”
Tobias’ next stop will be at the Nike Global Challenge, which will take place August 7th-9th at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon.