St. John's Visit Impressive For Long Islander

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides an update on Tyler Harris, the talented rising senior prospect from Long Island, New York. Tyler recently finished up an unofficial visit to St. John's University ...


HEIGHT: 6-foot-8

WEIGHT: 180 pounds

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


Tyler had a terrific junior season. In the big matchup so far this season, Harris ripped off 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and had three assists to help Half Hollow Hills West defeat a talented Brooklyn based Bishop Loughlin team, 75-72.

POSITIONS: Shooting Guard/Small Forward

CLASS: 2011 Class, a rising senior

AAU PROGRAM: Albany City Rocks, Westchester Hawks, Unique All Stars (will compete for them in the IS8 Spring League).


Harris took an unofficial campus visit to St. John's University, according to his dad, Torrel.

"The visit was great," said Mr. Harris. "We met with all the coaches including Coach (Steve) Lavin, who by the way is great guy and big Fortyniner fan.

"We covered lots of topic about St. John's University. I truly believe he's going to turn the school basketball program into major a powerhouse. He has a great coaching staff.

Mr. Harris was impressed by the recruiting done by the St. John's assistants as well as Lavin during the contact period.

"His staff followed Tyler the whole summer doing the evaluation period so they know his strengths and weaknesses," said Mr. Harris.

"They like the fact that he's very skillful player that can move and shoot the ball and long. They believe as I do that Tyler is still growing that he could be 6-foot-11.

"Tyler was very impressed with all the coaches. He thought coach Lavin was real cool. We toured the school, ate some lunch in the new student center. It was a great unofficial visit." PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

"Tyler took unofficial visits to the University of North Carolina on June 21st and North Carolina State the following day. His father said the visits went well.

In addition, Harris took a visit to Rutgers and new head coach Mike Rice.

"Tyler spoke alot to Mike Rice about the goals he has set at Rutgers and how he's going to get Rutgers out of the cellar of the Big East," said Torrel Harris, Tyler's dad.

"Tyler felt Coach Rice has a vision and a realistic plan in place to help lift Rutgers to be one of the top teams in the Big East. Tyler feel the coach has lot of energy and passion to make players to want to play for him. "He had put together a great coaching staff with Van Macon," concluded Mr. Harris.

Harris has mentioned interest previously in Iowa, Syracuse, Connecticut and Seton Hall.


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.

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