Newsday runs a full-court press on Long Island high school boys basketball.
Tyler Harris chooses N.C. State
Just like his brother Tobias did last year, Tyler Harris announced his college decision on television. Tyler, a 6-9, 200-pound senior who transferred from Half Hollow Hills West to St. Benedict’s Prep of Newark, told an SNY-TV audience on Friday that he was going to attend North Carolina State of the ACC. At this time last year, Tobias selected Tennessee of the SEC on an ESPNU broadcast.
Tyler, who averaged 15 points for the Colts last season, said on SNY that he had narrowed his college choices to Iowa, Providence, St. John’s and N.C. State. After his announcement, he donned a red-and-white Wolfpack hat for the benefit of the TV audience. "I had a great relationship with the coach [Sydney Lowe] and I loved the campus," Harris said. "I like to run the floor and shoot. It’s a great fit."
Tyler Harris is the third big-time recruit from last season’s Hills West team that lost in the state Class AA championship game at Glens Falls. In addition to Tobias, returning Newsday All-Long Island point guard Tavon Sledge earlier this fall announced that he would attend Iowa State.
There may be a fourth D-I player from that Hills West 2009-10 squad. Junior Emile Blackman, nephew of former Knicks and St. John’s star Mark Jackson, already is drawing interest from several mid-majors.