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Tobias named McDonald’s All-American

Calling it a “dream come true,” Tobias Harris was named to the 2010 McDonald’s All-American team. The Tennessee-bound senior from Half Hollow Hills West watched with several friends on Thursday night as his name was called on a live telecast on ESPNU.

“It was one of my main goals when I first started playing basketball,” Harris said of being a McDonald’s All-American. “Now it’s a dream come true. It was really cool to see my name being announced on TV.”

Harris was one of 12 players named to the East squad that will play against the West stars in the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 31 at Columbus, Ohio.

“It’s a wonderful honor for him because he’s put in so much work for the last five years,” Hills West coach Bill Mitaritonna said. “He deserves it. He’s not only a quality player, but a quality person, too. For me to be able to coach one of the 24 best high school players in the country is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

Harris became the 12th Long Island boys player to be named to a McDonald’s All-Star Game. “For Long Island basketball, it’s an amazing accomplishment,” Mitaritonna said. “I hope people realize how special he is.”

It’s been a special season so far for Harris, whose McDonald’s selection was based on a superior senior season in which he has averaged 25.3 points per game plus double figures in rebounding while leading the Colts to a 16-0 record. They conclude their regular season with games on Friday at Smithtown West and Sunday at Trenton against Christ the King in the Prime Time Shootout.

Harris also will become the 12th Long Island boys basketball player to score 2,000 career points if Hills West advances a couple of games into the playoffs, which seems a certainty. Harris has 1,909 points to date.

Long Island’s McDonald’s All-Americans

Year    Player, High School, College
1977   Wayne McKoy, L.I. Lutheran, St. John’s
1977   Jeff Ruland, Sachem, Iona
1980   Bret Bearup, Harborfields, Kentucky
1980   Matt Doherty, Holy Trinity, North Carolina
1981   Bill Wennington, L.I. Lutheran, St. John’s
1982   Tim Kempton, St. Dominic, Notre Dame
1984   Shelton Jones, Amityville St. John’s
1994   Zendon Hamilton, Sewanhaka, St. John’s
1996   Vassil Evtimov, L.I. Lutheran, North Carolina
2002   Jason Fraser, Amityville, Villanova
2005   Danny Green, St. Mary’s, North Carolina
2010   Tobias Harris, Hills West, Tennessee


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