Harris Joining Pearl's Basketball Team

Tyler Harris said he will transfer to Auburn for his final season of college basketball.

Coach Bruce Pearl added another big man to the 2015-16 Auburn basketball roster with Tyler Harris announcing on Friday that he will play for the Tigers.

Harris, a six-foot-nine forward at Providence College, is scheduled to graduate on Sunday and then report to Auburn next week to begin classes as a graduate student for the Tigers.

“I had a lot of great schools on my list, all great situations for me, but I went with my gut feeling,” he said on why he chose the Tigers over a long list of college programs interested in taking him as a transfer.

“I felt like the people at Auburn were the ones I could trust the most,” he said. "They showed me positivity in the right way and they are going to put me in the best position to succeed."

Among those he trusts at Auburn are the head coach, Pearl, who coached his brother Tobias at the University of Tennessee. The Providence senior notes he also has a good relationship with Auburn assistant Tony Jones, who was on Pearl's staff at Tennessee.

"I feel great about my decision," Harris said. "Knowing Coach Pearl and Coach Jones absolutely did factor into my decision. I know this coaching staff is going to do right and help me improve. They know how hard I am willing to work and get better on the court. They are going to put me in the right position to help me succeed."

Tyler Harris is shown in action playing for Providence.

Last season as a junior Harris helped Providence College to a 22-12 record as the Friars ended their season with an NCAA Tournament loss to Dayton. He averaged 9.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist in 26.7 minutes per game while hitting 42.1 percent of his field goals, 22-77 threes and 80-109 free throws.

As a sophomore he helped the Friars win the Big East Tournament championship while averaging 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. He originally signed with North Carolina State where he averaged 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds in 18 games before transferring to Providence where he sat out for a season under NCAA transfer rules.

As a graduate student he will be able to play immediately at his new school, something guards Antoine Mason and K.C. Ross-Miller did last season at Auburn.

Harris also considered Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Oklahoma State, LaSalle, VCU, UConn, Nebraska and several other colleges before choosing the Tigers.


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