Harris Isn't Ready to Comment

Pack Pride talks with Torrel Harris, the father of signee Tyler Harris, about the coaching change.

Last fall St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) forward Tyler Harris had options. Harris held scholarship offers from programs such as Providence, St. John's, and Iowa when he selected the Wolfpack following an official visit.

He had just transferred to St. Benedict's Prep after averaging 14.5 points per game during his junior year at Long Island (NY) Half Hollow Hills West. When he signed during the fall signing period he thought his recruitment was behind him.

However, that all changed on Tuesday when NC State head coach Sidney Lowe announced his resignation. Tyler Harris wasn't available to comment on the situation, but Pack Pride was able to speak with his father, Torrel Harris, regarding the coaching change.

"Honestly, I just found out about it," said Mr. Harris. "I got off the phone with coach Larry Harris about five minutes ago and that's when he told me.

"For now, we don't have any comments. I haven't had a chance to even talk with Tyler about it, so I won't have a comment until I can do that."

The Harris family was actually scheduled to take an unofficial visit to NC State this weekend. Tyler's brother, Tobias, is a freshman forward for the Tennessee Volunteers, and the Vols play Michigan on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee is playing in Charlotte, so Tyler and his dad were going to swing by Raleigh either before or after Tennessee's games.

"I'm not sure if we're going to do that now," said Mr. Harris. "We're going to still try and visit NC State."

Mr. Harris indicated that the visit would likely happen, especially if he is able to meet up with athletics director Debbie Yow.

"Coach Harris told me that it would be best if I talked to the AD, and that's what I'm going to do," said Mr. Harris. "I'm hoping to maybe set an appointment with her so we can have a meeting while we're down there. I'll be trying to get up with her here soon and set that up."

Tyler Harris is likely to have options should he decide to ask for a release from his letter of intent. However, it is still too early to consider that right now.

"We haven't thought about a release," Mr. Harris stated. "I want to speak with the AD and we want to see who they are going to hire. I love NC State... I was a big David Thompson fan, and I believe Tyler is a good fit for the ACC.

"Call me back in a few days, and I think we will be able to talk more about the coaching situation."

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