THE TYLER HARRIS INTERVIEW

On June 14, Tyler Harris, a forward from North Carolina State, announced his decision to transfer to Providence College. His announcement to join an impressive class of freshman and transfers adds depth to the frontcourt, as well as depth in the class distribution.

With his transfer to Providence, Harris becomes another highly touted recruit to join the Friars. He was ranked nationally in his position as a small forward (ESPN: 20, Rivals: 33, Scout: 23), and was ranked 135 overall by Rivals and 87 by PrepStars. During his junior year in high school, Harris averaged 14.5 ppg before transferring to from Half Hollow Hills West to St. Benedict's Prep. Although Harris was formerly committed to Sidney Lowe before Lowe resigned at NC State, Harris kept his commitment to the Wolfpack. During his freshman year at North Carolina State, Harris averaged 6.9 mpg, 2.1 ppg, and 1.2 rpg.

With Harris committing to Providence he joins transfers Carson Desrosiers (formerly of Wake Forest) and Sidiki Johnson (formerly of Arizona). Similar to Desrosiers, Harris was originally recruited to Providence by former head coach Keno Davis and his staff before committing elsewhere. Harris cites his decision to pick the Friars this time around had a lot to do with the coaching staff.

"I have a great relationship with Coach Ed Cooley and Coach Andre LaFleur," Harris recounted. "LaFleur has been on me since UConn and first offered me a scholarship. And Coach Cooley will help me get better. [Cooley] will change the program, and I want to be a part of that."

Harris mentioned when he was deciding between schools, that style of play, academics, and how the school can help him develop his future were the most important factors in his decision. Ultimately, he landed with the Friars because the school and team fit his needs, particularly in style of play.

Head coach Ed Cooley has worked to instill a defensively sound team, and bringing in players talented on the defensive end was a crucial component to the 2012 recruiting class. Additionally, with a solid backcourt of incoming freshman and returning players, running the floor will be an important staple of the Friar style of play. Harris says he will blend well in this, stating, "I'm known for being a great shooter and scorer. I can run the floor, and I'm a great defender. I can guard from the one to the five."

By transferring to the Friars, Harris will have to sit out with Desriosiers for the entirety of the 2012-2013 season. During his time off, Harris says he's going to focus on improving several aspects of his game. "I'm going to get stronger," Harris noted. "I want to get strength and I want to work on my handle. Coach Cooley said I'll be playing the three and a little of the four, so I really want to work on my handle and strength to be prepared for that role. I also want to help more – help the guys get better, be a leader."

"I knew all the players coming in," Harris reflected, "We're gonna have a great team, a great chemistry with each other. We're going to work hard and do whatever it takes to win… be ready, we got great guys coming."

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