Top-rated power forward Tobias Harris to visit Vols

Tobias Harris, the top-rated power forward prospect in the nation, is expected to arrive in Knoxville Friday for an official visit.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Harris will attend the Vols’ football game against Georgia at 12:20 p.m. Saturday where he’ll find himself immersed in a sea of orange.

But the recruiting game is not all about the hub-bub for this well-schooled prospect out of Half Hallow Hills West (N.Y.) High School.

His father, Torrel Harris, said as much in a ZagsBlog.com article, explaining that his son’s decision will come down to the program that best emphasizes the point-forward position.

That’s why Tobias Harris attended the Vols’ elite basketball camp in June, and it’s why he’s using one of his five official trips to re-visit Tennessee.

Pearl’s success at maximizing his forwards’ talents are well-documented, from the Dane Bradshaw years through Tyler Smith’s sterling run.

Pearl who coined the phrase “Power Point” when Bradshaw led the team in assis ts as a senior, and Smith has led the Vols’ in assists the past two seasons.

Harris has noticed.

“(Pearl) has seen how good Tyler can be in his offense,’’ Harris told Scout.com, “and they see me doing a lot of the same things.’’

Harris, who averaged 29.2 points per game, has been rated the No. 5 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 9 overall player by Scout.com.

He has already visited Syracuse, and in addition to Kentucky is also considering visits to Louisville, West Virginia, Georgia Tech and Maryland.

The Vols are in dire need of an impact player at power forward after the announcement that sophomore Emmanuel Negedu will not play this season.

UT coach Bruce Pearl said Wednesday that Negedu was expected to assume some of the power forward duties.

“Emmanuel was brought in here to tutor behind Tyler, and when Tyler left, he (Negedu) was looking at playing a major, major role. Emmanuel was going to be a huge piece of our puzzle next year.’’

After this season the Vols lose center Wayne Chism, Smith at forward, J.P. Prince on the wing and point guard Bobby Maze. There’s a chance sophomore shooting guard Scotty Hopson might also declare himself eligible for the 2010 NBA draft.

UT has four scholarships to offer in the Class of 2010, and it has already received verbal commitments from shooting guard Jordan McRae and point guard Trae Golden.

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murrayvol writes:

Welcome to Knoxville Mr. Harris. Enjoy your visit. The opportunities are endless.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Great. Glad to have this young man visiting the Hill.

smashmouth98 writes:

we'd LOVE to have you Tobias!!!!! We NEED THIS GUY, talk about an impact player.

givehim6 writes:

We need to work on our depth with many players leaving at seasons end big time need to reload.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

Big opportunities, Mr. Harris. Wait til you see the dance team!

1vavolfan writes:

Hopefully some of the idiots who boo the football team will keep these visits in mind when they are at the game this weekend.

Bigger_Al writes:

Second coming of Bernard King!

NCVOL09 writes:

Tobias, come to Knoxville. I just left and moved to NY in May and I'm heading back this weekend, and trust me Knoxville is the better place.

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

Good thing Kentucky has signed the great but ball consuming point guards. Good luck trying to convince his dad that he'll be a point forward there .Certainly helps our chances getting this kid. He can step right in and take Tylers spot. I believe he'll be a Vol. Great pick up.

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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I disagree. With the type of guards Kentucky is bringing in a dominate ball handler and distributor from the power forward position is unlikely. If you think a John Wall will be standing around while your power forward initiates the offense you are nuts. That's what this kid is looking to do. Tennessee lately has run their offense thru the forward position. That's not the intent of the dribble drive that Calipari runs. Especially when you have the caliber of guards Kentucky has and will have.

Razor784 writes:

We haven't signed a player of this magnitude in a while, probably since Scotty Hopson, would be a huge pickup to help rejuvenate recruiting

dvols writes:

this would be a great start!

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Syracuse already has a committment from CJ Fair so the orange will be Tennessee Orange. Also he will get the ball more at Tennessee because we won't have 4 other NBA players on the court with him.
Look forward to telling you I told you so an will give you props if I'm wrong

BillVol writes:

Where else can you get a steamed sammy at 4 am (at Gus's)? And add your signed photo to the Wall of Fame?

mytrifecta writes:

Young Mr Harris, be a huge fish in a realitively small pond. You will play the best competition and be a legend with your fans. Let UT be your home and we will always take care of you.

mytrifecta writes:

in response to BillVol:

Where else can you get a steamed sammy at 4 am (at Gus's)? And add your signed photo to the Wall of Fame?

Duuude! you just took me back many years. It gets no better than Gus's.

MidTennVol writes:

If this guy is as good as advertised, AND if he loves Bruce-ball defense, he could start immediately.

And when will all these writers shut up about Hopson going pro?

Maybe this will be his breakout year -- but Scotty has done NOTHING yet to warrant that kind of vacuous and vapid speculation.

Supermodels could write better sports-thoughts material at times.

richvol writes:

Losing Negedu is a tremendous blow to the talent level of Tennessee. He was our best athlete hands down in my opinion and would be unstopable eventually.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

C'mon down young man.

Enjoy your visit.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Dang, Scratch! Is Calapari out to monopolize ALL the talent in the country? Seriously, it will be fascinating to see how he manages all these out-sized young egos on one team. I agree that he had a pretty good track record with that at Memphis. However, he also had a lot of success at the expense of generally inferior C-USA competition, and winning goes a long way toward keeping egos in check. I just wonder how that team of mostly-young would-be stars will handle it if they get knocked around a bit in the early going.

johnlg00 writes:

Reference the post above, I know that these guys are all future prospects. However, most people think UK has the best class THIS year, so my question above about the young egos is still valid, I think.

coxo921 (Inactive) writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Def...don't think he ends up a KY, was going to blast ya if you said that. You guys have way too much experience at the forward position for Tobias to go there and sit the bench or wait in the wings....BTW when the heck is that "man beast" Patterson going to grad. or leave, geeeez seems like he has been there a decade!!!

SU, maybe but they have some numbers at the forward position as well, not that productive....so he could probably come in right away and play, but really don't know about their guard setup this year or next, that would be a huge quetion mark in my mind. I would venture to say with UT setup and Pearl's exuburence along with great asst. coaches....not to mention the great academic support... I like UT chances first...then maybe SU or others. Wishful thinking anyway, we need this guy...plain and simple.

carlsusanellis#574472 writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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I applaud CLK for doing what needed to be done. No player on this team is good enough to go off on a coach and get by with it. CLK said 95% of the players have bought in to what they are trying to do maybe this will convince the 5% to join them.

carlsusanellis#574472 writes:

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I applaud CLK for doing what needed to be done. No player on this team is good enough to go off on a coach and get by with it. CLK said 95% of the players have bought in to what they are trying to do maybe this will convince the 5% to join them.

OOPS! wrong message.

carlsusanellis#574472 writes:

in response to carlsusanellis#574472:

OOPS! wrong message.

What I meant to say was how many scholarships does Kentucky get?

utvolz#637682 writes:

Come on down to the Hill where you'll play in front of 20k fans every game!

AFTiger writes:

He might enjoy the visit, but he's not coming to Rocky Top.

He'll just be one more player for you all to talk badly about when he takes his services elsewhere.

BasketVols writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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And the most important member of the Kentucky "team", Lebron's good buddy World Wide Wes. If he is not in attendance I will be very surprised.

AFTiger writes:

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BasketVols writes:

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And fans that received a real college education, not a pack of dolts with a glorified junior college degree...

Slystone writes:

I question Pearls recruiting ability over the last 2 yrs, He's been very fortunate that Tyler Smith has stayed on until his Senior season. Getting Tobias Harris would be a major feather in his hat after the Josh Selby /Joe Jackson/Aaron Craft/ Chris Crawford debacles. Next season will be super critical because on paper right now this team doesn't look that talented. The current team has really got to show me something better than last year.If Hopson has a breakout year this team can be special, If he relegates to Tyler and Wayne being the key guys this team will struggle. He has to take over and show it's his team.

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

in response to A_VOICE_OF_REASON:

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4 straight NCAA tournament invitations, 4 years of consistent top 20 rankings. No.1 ranking for the 1st time in school history. 7-1 record against Florida. You're right Pearl is doing a terrible job. Let's get rid of him. I think Billy Gillispie is available

ballewville6 writes:

we need tobias as bad as we have every needed a recruit in basketball at tennessee and we also need another powerfoward or center or a player like cothron who can play multiple positions,and crawford would fit in as a deadeye shooter and if he can play defense he would definately get more playing time at tennessee because with the best guard will barton in the nation and a pg who is in top 15 to 18 players in country plus what they have coming back

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

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Moron kool-aid drinker.. Idiot. Are you trying to hit on me. Sorry fella I'm straight!!!!!!!!

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