May 21, 2009

Harris set for a visit to GT

Jacketsonline caught up with New York power forward Tobias Harris to see where he stands in the recruiting race and to see has offered the upcoming senior. Harris is a lot all-around talent and schools are eying him as a great dual threat player and will be in Atlanta soon for a visit.

Can you update your height and weight?

Six-foot-eight, 220 pounds


What is the most important thing that you look for in a school?

I am really looking for a program that fits my style of play that is the biggest thing. Having a good bond and trust with the coaching staff, academics, and the whole environment of the school are also big things.

How would you describe your game?

I like to get up and down the court. I want to go to a program that lets me post up and also lets me play outside on the perimeter. I really just want to be in an open offense.

What schools have offered you at the time?

I have offers from Notre Dame, Tennessee, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Oklahoma, Louisville, Rutgers, West Virginia, USC, Vanderbilt and some others I am forgetting.

Describe your relationship with the Georgia Tech coaching staff.

It is good, you know, they are always at my games and I think I am going to get down there for a visit on June 6. I like the whole program as a whole and I like their style of play. Paul Hewitt is a great coach and he has a great style of play. They are a program that is high on my list right now. They have an open offense and they have developed great forwards like Chris Bosh, Thaddeus Young and Gani Lawal.

Do you have a timeframe in mind on when you will commit to a school?

I am going to wait this summer, take my official visits, and go from there. I am not going to be one of those kids to commit early. I am going to take my time and see which program is right for me.

Do you have a top set of schools?

Yeah, I have a top eleven. Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

What is it going to take to get you on campus and have you sign a letter of intent for a school?

Showing that they are interested and being loyal to me. I want to have a good relationship with the staff and just being the right fit for me.

Do you look at previous schools recruiting classes?

Yeah, I look at what they bring in. I want to be with other high character guys that they bring in, most importantly a good point guard.

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