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UK Recruiting Notebook: Tobias Harris

Bio

Position: Power Forward (Versatile big man in DDM)
Height: 6’9″
Weight: 225 lbs
High School: Dix Hill West High School (Long Island, NY)
Rivals Ranking: #7 PF, #27 Overall
Scout Ranking: #6 PF, #30 Overall

Scouting Report

Tobias Harris recently shed about 15 pounds of baby fat and added a lot of muscle to his frame with a very stringent workout regimen, which he described to Jeff Goodman as waking up at 5 am everyday, running two miles, working out after school and, at 9 pm, working on his speed and agility. His hard work has paid dividends by quickening his game and giving him the versatility that has made him a top prospect this summer. On the low block, at times, he can be a little undersized, but he makes up for it with quick post moves and the ability to turn around and face up. When he faces up against other fours, he can knock down the mid-range jumper or use his lighter frame to blow by them. In transition, his new sleek frame helps him to glide along with the guards and his soft hands receive passes well. The most consistent compliment that I hear Tobias receive is his ability to create around the rim and finish with either hand efficiently. This skill will help him find ways to score in the low post against better defenders, although his versatility gives him plenty of other options. Any way you paint Tobias, the truth remains that he is tearing up the AAU circuit in a variety of ways. Eric Bossi, of Scout.com, recently called him one of the true standouts during the Peach Jam and added that Tobias may be on the path to serious consideration for the McDonald’s All-American game.

Recruiting Report

Tobias did have his list cut down to ten but since his fine AAU season began, he has let a few more schools join the party. According to his father, his list now looks like this: Kentucky, Memphis, Tennessee, UConn, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, St. John’s, Virginia, West Virginia, and Louisville. Tobias has also mentioned Florida. He has visited Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Notre Dame this summer and also said that he plans to see Memphis and Kentucky later in the summer. UK is new to the mix and hasn’t offered him a scholarship yet, while most of the other schools on his list have. After his fine play on the AAU circuit and a visit to Kentucky in the future, it wouldn’t be surprising to see UK offer at some point. Although there has been a few different leaders according to internet rumors, it seems like Tobias is truly still weighing all his options since many new schools have jumped into the mix. There is the added factor of his little brother, 2011’s Tyler Harris, who has accompanied his older brother on visits and has a scholarship offer from UConn and is receiving interest from Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Syracuse and West Virginia. It remains to be seen whether they will end up at the same school or whether a separation is in the cards. His father told Jeff Goodman that he plans to cut the list down at the end of the summer and then make a final decision by the end of September.

You-Scout

Not a lot to pick from here so take a look at this year’s Peach Jam. Sorry about the grain.

Other recruiting notes:

Mychal Parker, whose earlier scheduled visit never took place, told Rivals.com that he plans to visit UK in the next couple weeks. Parker still lists Maryland as his favorite and rounds out his top five with Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio State and Miami. Virginia, Maryland and Miami have offered.

– Another visit, this one from 2011 New Jersey point guard Sterling Gibbs, should take place sometime this summer, according to Gibbs. He told Adam Zagoria that he plans on visiting several schools unofficially later this summer, including Villanova, Duke, Indiana and Oklahoma. Sterling is the younger brother of Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs and plays for the New York Panthers AAU squad, receiving pointers from Coach Rafer Alston.

All Ohio Red, with twin towers Jared Sullinger and Adreian Payne, beat Michael Gilchrist’s and Rakeem Christmas’ Team Final 62-53 in the finals at the Peach Jam. Gilchrist and Sullinger each had 19 a piece and Sullinger yanked down an incredible 21 rebounds. Beast.

– This has been going on for awhile now, but since the recent Zag’s blog article, which quoted Dwight Powell’s AAU coach in saying that Kentucky was showing quite a bit of interest in the young big man, I thought you guys might be interested. Powell has been doing a “diary” for Slam Magazine all summer, giving the public a look inside the mind of a young baller on the AAU circuit.

– Lastly, this is a couple days old, but for those that haven’t seen it, here’s a video of the man of my dreams, John Calipari, talking recruiting and the NBA age limit. Coach also talks about putting me out of a job, which I don’t get paid for anyways so eat that coach, and does it all in the most plain UK polo of all time. Somebody get that guy a shirt not bought at Dawahare’s!

Article written by Dustin Rumbaugh

I enjoy basketball, Kentucky sports and extremely short walks on the beach, followed by a nap. Sorry ladies, I'm taken.