Tobias Harris Talks Syracuse

It's been an active month for Syracuse basketball recruiting, what with the commitment of Brandon Triche and speculation of the Orange closing in on commitments from a couple of 2010 players. Today we take a look at yet another junior who is giving SU a serious look.


The Orange has already landed a prized 2010 recruit in guard Deon Waiters and appears to be in strong position with Oak Hill Academy center Baye Moussa Keita and New Jersey wing Shaquille Thomas. Another highly touted prospect on the list is forward Tobias Harris of Long Island, N.Y.

"I really like their program. Syracuse is a forward's school, that's what the coaches tell me and that's something I like about them," said Harris, a 6-foot-8 face-up power forward ranked the No. 34 player in 2010 by Scout.com.

"I went up to their Elite Camp this summer and got a feel for the school and the facilities and the coaches," he said. "I'm being recruited by coach Hopkins. He's a great guy … I've talked to coach Boeheim once but wasn't there at the camp because of USA basketball."

So what impressions did the trip to SU leave Harris with?

"Just how hard their players work and how they're always in the gym. That shows me that Syracuse dedicates their program and they're always working on getting better," he said. "They're also making a new practice facility, I think. Everything there was pretty cool."

Harris, who averaged 29 points and eight rebounds as a sophomore, describes his game thusly: "I don't really compare myself to anyone, but I guess I'm a tall forward who shoots the ball well and I can handle the ball well. I play in the flow of the game and try to make my teammates better, but most of all I just want to win."

He's seen no shortage of interest from major programs, collecting double-digit scholarship offers from programs including but not limited to: Syracuse, Maryland, Rutgers, UConn, Marquette, Georgetown Louisville, USC, Wake Forest and West Virginia. He's already taken six or seven visits and has not ruled out anyone who has offered him. Next up are visits to UConn this weekend and Marquette sometime later this month, as well as possibly Maryland.

"I'm interested in everyone," he said. "The most important thing is definitely the coaching staff, the style of play, having that trust and comfort with my coaches and teammates."

Location won't play much of a role in his decision, and he said he has not set timetable for a commitment.

"I really don't know about a timetable. It could come at any time. When I feel like it's right, I'll go for it," he said.

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