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Hills West's Harris a Naismith finalist

FILE - Half Hollow Hills West star Tobias

FILE - Half Hollow Hills West star Tobias Harris announced earlier this year at ESPN Zone in Times Square he'll play basketball for Tennessee in 2010. (November 19, 2009) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Tobias Harris has landed on another exclusive list.

The 6-8 senior forward from Half Hollow Hills West has been named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Naismith Player of the Year Award, an honor that goes to the nation's top high school boys basketball player.

Harris, who signed with Tennessee last month, averaged 23.7 points and 12.0 rebounds last season in leading Lutheran to the state Federation championship. He transferred back to his original high school, Hills West, last spring and hopes to lead the Colts to their first state title.

The Naismith list will be narrowed to five in February and the winner will be announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club after the high school basketball season ends. The other candidates (with college choice in parentheses) are: Harrison Barnes, Ames, Iowa (North Carolina); Jared Sullinger, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State); Brandon Knight, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (undecided); Josh Selby, Baltimore (undecided); Kyrie Irving, West Orange, N.J. (Duke); Perry Jones, Duncanville, Texas (Baylor); Will Barton, Wolfboro, N.H. (Memphis); Tristan Thompson, Henderson, Nev. (Texas); Reggie Bullock, Kinston, N.C. (North Carolina).

No Long Island boy or girl has won the Naismith award, which was first given in 1987.


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