#12 Tobias Harris | F

Hometown: Dix Hills, NY

Height: 6'8"

Weight: 226

Position: Small Forward

Team: Tennessee

Class: Freshman

Right-handed… Harris is a uniquely skilled prospect. He stands tall at 6'8" with a solid wingspan, but at 210 pounds, he isn't quite a power forward, but more of a combo forward… He is a very skilled player who not only has great basketball instincts, but plays with patience and maturity. He lets the games come to him, instead of forcing the action… He can do a little bit of everything- shoot from the perimeter, with 3-point range or battle in the low-pot and crash the boards. He can defend small forwards with his length and quickness, while also handling power forwards with his athleticism and size. He has a certain toughness and competitiveness about him to do battle in the trenches, despite the fact that he will face forwards bigger and stronger than him… He is the perfect fit within Bruce Pearl's system because he of his versatility. He can be a nightmare to matchup against because he must be defended on the perimeter, but not just for the jump shot. He can knock down mid-range jumpers in catch-and-shoot situations, but he can also handle the ball and get to the rim. In the post, he has a soft jump hook with either hand, but prefers to turn and face-up and elevate over the defender… Harris may be most dangerous with his dominance on the glass. Defensively, he has a knack for coming down with rebounds. On the offense end, he is a constant threat to tip-in shots or throw down dunks after corralling lose rebounds.

What position will he play? Who will he defend? Harris must continue to fine-tune his perimeter skills and post game. He will most likely be slotted in on the wing, instead of developing into a full-time 4-man, but he will serve as even more of a threat in Knoxville if he can score both inside and out. To continue to battle inside, he will need to add strength to his frame. It is clear that he has been in the weight room, but the rigors of college basketball and the SEC could wear him down at his current weight and strength levels… He doesn't force the issue a lot, which is a great thing, but for his skill set and talent level, Harris needs to be aggressive scoring the ball… He needs to work on his ball-handling abilities as well if he wants to play on the perimeter as much as he does. To go along with this, while Harris is an above-average catch-and-shoot player, he needs to work on his dribble-drive with both hands, and also a pull-up jumper. Adding these weapons to his arsenal will make him even more dangerous…
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