Long Island Underclassman Worth Watching

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a free player profile on the individual game of underclassman Tyler Harris, who continues to make progress in his individual game ...

PLAYER PROFILE: Tyler Harris

HEIGHT: 6-foot-7 *Tyler continues to grow each year. There's talk he may have another three or so inches to grow. We'll keep you posted.

WEIGHT: 180 pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: Dix Hills West High School in Dix Hills, New York (Long Island)

POSITIONS: Shooting Guard/Small Forward

CLASS: 2012 Class, a rising sophomore*

*According to Torrel Harris, Tyler's dad, the smooth moving wingman will reclassify to the 2012 class and take advantage of being a year younger than everyone in his class to make progress both physically and in his individual game. Mr. Harris said he'll finish up the next two years and graduate from Dix Hill West High School on Long Island and then choose a prep school.

AAU PROGRAM: Westchester Hawks, Unique All Stars (mostly), Albany City Rocks (sometimes). Harris compete last week at the Showcase held at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In addition, Tyler also played in the National AAU tournament after the Showcase concludes.

Tyler played with the Westchester Hawks in both events.

AAU HEAD COACH: Torrel Harris, Unique All Stars

MIKE SULLIVAN'S PREVIOUS EVALUATION REPORT:

When given the playing time, Tyler Harris is an effective swingman who had shown dramatic improvement in his individual game over the past year.

Harris is bigger, faster, smarter and more capable of producing points. He has quick feet, is nimble around the basket, and finds open spots on the floor to get off his short jumper.

As his consistency improves, we'll see a player being recruited by high division one programs. He is only a sophomore so he has another two and a half years to go before playing college basketball.

COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES OF INTEREST: Duquesne, Hofstra, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Syracuse, Fordham, Georgia Tech, and Duquesne.

FRANK MANTESTA'S AND MIKE SULLIVAN'S PREVIOUS EVALUATION:

STRENGTHS: Moves well without the basketball. He gives his guards a passing lane by finding the right spots to take his shot. He's quick near the rim too.

AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: Consistency from the perimeter and gaining strength are the two areas Tyler is likely to work on before he graduates from high school.


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