Harris, who attends Wade Hampton High School, picked UT over Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia and Xavier. He is the Vols' first commitment for the 2004 class and plans to sign in November. His mother agrees with his choice, so there appear to be no stumbling blocks.
As a junior Harris averaged 15 points and 14 rebounds per game with single-game highs of 27 points and 23 rebounds.
Elsewhere on the recruiting scene, Portland High superstar Corey Brewer says he'll choose between Florida and Tennessee in the next week or so. The 6-foot-7 wing player just returned from a visit to Gainesville and reportedly is leaning heavily to the Gators.
One factor heleping Tennessee's chances of changing Brewer's mind is the recent hiring of Chuck Benson as an assistant coach. Benson's dad, Charlie, coaches the Tennessee Travelers AAU team that Brewer is playing for this summer.
The Vols also are hotly pursuing forward Shawne Williams of Memphis Hamilton. Coincidentally, UT is expected to hire Memphis Melrose coach Clarence Swearengen (a former Vol player and grad assistant) for a soon-to-be-created administrative post within the basketball program. Essentially, the post will involve the on-campus coordinating of UT's recruiting efforts.
In other Vol basketball news:
- Justin Albrecht has won his medical redshirt appeal and gained another year of eligibility. The 6-foot-6 junior college transfer was injured last November and did not play in December, January, February or March.
- After two years as Tennessee's director of basketball operations, Ed Conroy is becoming an on-the-floor coach/recruiter again. Essentially, Conroy will swap jobs with Al Daniel, who was an assistant the past two years but now assumes the director of basketball operations title. The new staff alignment leaves Buzz Peterson with three on-the-floor aides designated for off-campus recruiting -- associated head coach Chris Ferguson, Conroy and Benson.