Harris Meets With Pack Coaches

St. Benedict's (NJ) combo forward Tyler Harris says that his commitment to NC State never wavered, despite the coaching change. A major reason was the discussion he and his family had with Wolfpack athletics director Debbie Yow.

St. Benedict's (NJ) combo forward Tyler Harris says that his commitment to NC State never wavered, despite the coaching change. A major reason was the discussion he and his family had with Wolfpack athletics director Debbie Yow.

"I never really had any thoughts about changing my mind," said Harris. "We went down right after we found out about the coaching situation and talked with the athletic director. She told us that she was going to bring in a real good coach who was going to turn the program around, and we believed her.

"She said she was bringing in someone dedicated to the program, and I think she did that. I think coach Gottfried is going to build a great program at NC State where everything is going to fall in place."

Harris had his first meeting with the Wolfpack coaches last week. How was the visit?

"It went great," he said. "Everything seems like it's going to be good with the coaches. I feel like they have a good gameplan for what they want to do going into the season, and their ultimate goal is turning the program around.

"They wanted to get some more game tape of me to get a better feel for my game because they want to see where I can fit in."

What are his initial impressions of coach Gottfried?

"I think he seems like a great coach," Harris stated. "I like the style of play that he's going with. We talked about that and he talked about some of the things he's going to change.

"I think what he did at Alabama showed that he's a great coach, and he's going to bring that with him to NC State."

Harris, who says he is now checking in at 6-foot-8, considers himself a combo forward capable of playing multiple positions.

"I think I can play the three or the four," he said. "I can definitely play multiple spots, but my my positions are the three and the four.

"I'm trying to work hard and keep improving my game because the coaches told me that they are turning a new page and everybody is going to have to compete. Nothing is guaranteed to anyone, so I know that I'm going to have to work hard and compete as soon as I get down to North Carolina State."

Harris averaged 18 points and eight rebounds a game for St. Benedict's, one of the top programs in the country, this past season.

"I feel I did real well," said Harris. "I learned a lot from coach McLeod... he taught me a whole lot. It seems like I've added some things to my game that are going to help me when I get down to North Carolina State."

Harris, who is unsure of his college major, plans to enroll at NC State for the second summer session.


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