SEC honors Tobias Harris

The Southeastern Conference announced Monday afternoon that Tennessee men's basketball player Tobias Harris earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for his efforts in leading the 24th-ranked Volunteers to the 2010 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off South Regional championship last week in Knoxville.

Harris led the Vols in scoring and rebounding with 16 points and seven rebounds in UT's first-round win over Belmont last Tuesday. In the regional title game against Missouri State one day later, the Dix Hills, N.Y., native once again led Tennessee with 15 points, helping propel the Big Orange into this week's NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal round in his home state.

"This is a well deserved honor," UT head coach Bruce Pearl said. "Tobias played with great focus last week, and he clearly plays to win. He showed great poise as a freshman in helping close out both games for us last week."

Harris is the Vols' leading scorer this season (16.3 ppg) and also paces the team in minutes (27.3 mpg) while ranking second in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

Tennessee plays two games in New York City's Madison Square Garden this week. Harris has played once previously in the Garden, participating in a scrimmage there as part of an Elite 24 event the summer before his senior year.

He twice played in the New York state championship game during high school (as a junior at Long Island Lutheran High School and again as a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School West). All told, Harris won two Suffolk County titles, an "Island" title and one state title during his prep career.

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