Half Hollow Hills West basketball star Tobias Harris entered the...

Half Hollow Hills West basketball star Tobias Harris entered the NBA Draft after one season at Tennessee. (November 19, 2009) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Former Half Hollow Hills West star Tobias Harris was among the players who worked out for the Knicks at the MSG Training Center on Friday.

Harris said he had a good workout. "I shot the ball pretty well," he said. "I felt I played my game. They want to see you play in live situations and see your conditioning level, also."

Harris, who spent one year at Tennessee and averaged 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, said the decision to declare for this month's NBA draft after one year in college was difficult because of the relationships he developed in Knoxville. Tennessee fired coach Bruce Pearl amid a recruiting scandal.

"I felt I was ready and my game was ready and I felt comfortable," the 2010 Mr. New York Basketball winner said. "I believe each step of the way is planned out. All the adversity that I face, I don't think nobody else in the country besides our basketball team faced what we faced. I believe that's another plus for me in going to the next level."

Most draft experts have the versatile Harris projected as a mid-first-round selection in the draft, which could make him available when the Knicks make their selection with the 17th pick.

Where the 6-8 Harris would fit in the frontcourt with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony is unclear, but should he be drafted by his favorite team, Harris thinks he'll be able to contribute. He says his size and ability to play inside and outside are among his strengths.

"That's a heck of a two players right there,'' Harris said of Stoudemire and Anthony. "If I have the great opportunity to get drafted [by the Knicks], I'll be another great player to play a great role and bring a winning attitude to the team.

"I'd be excited [about] any team that selects me, but being from Long Island and always watching the Knicks -- that would be a great feeling for me."

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni -- who was not available for comment -- and Anthony were among those who observed the workouts.

Harris likes D'Antoni's uptempo offense. "That's my style of play," he said. "He wants to get up and down and that's my game: getting up and down, getting easy buckets and scoring and putting on a show out there."