It’s been quite a week for Tobias Harris. On Saturday, he scored 35 points in leading Half Hollow Hills West to a victory over Sacred Heart (Conn.) in the Hoop Hall Classic at Springfield, Mass. On Monday night, he scored 19 points and contributed a couple of key three-pointers in the Colts dramatic 75-72 overtime victory over highly regarded Bishop Loughlin in the final game of the Big Apple Invitational at Baruch College.
Then on Wednesday, the 6-8 Tennessee-bound senior forward learned he was one of the first nine players named to the 10-person 2010 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team, which will face the World Sect Team in the Nike Hoop Summit on April 10 in Portland, Ore.
A 10th player will be named in February. The Nike Hoop Summit, in its 13th year, is considered the country’s premier event for high school age boys 19 and under. Harris is one of seven players who have already signed national letters of intent to play college basketball in 2010-11. The team features Harrison Barnes, a 6-8 guard from Iowa who is rated in most scouting services as the nation’s No. 1 recruit. Barnes will attend North Carolina.
Bob Cimmino, the coach of Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High School, was named head coach of the U.S. team whit Rich Gray of the St. Louis Eagles AAU team named as an assistant.
Here are the nine players chosen so far, with their college choice listed last for the seven who’ve already signed for 2010-11:
Harrison Barnes, G, 6-8, Ames (Iowa) H.S., North Carolina
Will Barton, G, 6-6, Brewster Academy (N.H.), Memphis
Reggie Bullock, G, 6-6, Kinston (N.C) H.S., North Carolina
Tobias Harris, F, 6-8, HHH West (Dix Hills, N.Y.) Tennessee
Kyrie Irving, PG, 6-2, St. Patrick (N.J.) H.S./Duke
Terrence Jones, F, 6-8, Jefferson (Ore.) H.S.
Brandon Knight, G, 6-3, Pine Crest (Fla.) H.S.
Kendall Marshall, PG, Bishop O'Connell (Va.) H.S./North Carolina
Jared Sullinger, C, 6-9, Northland (Ohio) H.S./Ohio State