Harris beats buzzer, signs with Vols

Originally Published: November 19, 2009
ESPN.com news services

Bruce Pearl and the Tennessee Vols hit a buzzer beater and landed a top-10 recruiting class in the process.

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Andrew ShurtleffPF Tobias Harris is heading to Tennessee to play for coach Bruce Pearl and the Vols.
Tobias Harris (Dix, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West), No. 7 in the ESPNU 100, announced Thursday that he will play for the Vols and said he signed his national letter of intent at 11:56 p.m. ET Wednesday night, just minutes before the early signing period ended.

Harris, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward, chose Tennessee over Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Maryland. The Vols jump to No. 8 in the top 25 class rankings with the addition of Harris to a recruiting class that also includes SG Jordan McRae, who is No. 29 in the ESPNU 100, and SG Trae Golden.

According to ESPN Scouts Inc., Harris is a matchup nightmare. He has the body of a power forward, but the skills of a small forward. He can shoot consistently out to 20 feet, but also can post up smaller defenders easily. He can run the floor, has solid ball skills and can score off the dribble, but also has the ability to create for others. He's a combination of size, talent and skill with a bright future.

"Harris will be a very versatile scorer and excellent rebounder," said Paul Biancardi, Scouts Inc.'s national recruiting director. "With his work ethic and rate of improvement, he may develop in a full-time small forward in the future."