USF in mix for 6-8 N.C. State transfer Harris
USF coach Stan Heath, who has had great success with transfers from other top-tier programs, may have another coming this summer, as the Bulls are in the mix for Tyler Harris, a 6-foot-8 forward who is leaving N.C. State after one season.
Harris, rated as the nation's No. 135 recruit in 2011 by Rivals, has already visited Temple, UAB and Providence, and intends to make an official visit to USF before making his decision early next month, his father Torrel said Thursday.
"We're interested in South Florida. I can tell you we're going to visit South Florida," said Harris, who has an older son, Tobias, who starred at Tennessee and is now with the Milwaukee Bucks. "They have a great interest in Tyler, and they just had a heck of a year. We're trying to go to a school that gives him a chance to get back to the NCAAs."
Harris, still just 18 years old, played sparingly as a freshman at N.C. State -- he had 20 points in the first four games, averaging 16 minutes per game, then saw his playing time drop off considerably, totaling just 15 points the rest of the year. He considered USF coming out of high school after starring at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., after playing with his brother Tobias at Half Hollow Hills West in Dix Hills, N.Y. Tyler Harris is best suited as a small forward at the college level, though his father said he's comfortable guarding anyone from guards to power forwards.
USF has had great luck with transfers under Heath, with three starters last year -- Ron Anderson, Augustus Gilchrist and Victor Rudd -- who started their college careers elsewhere. The Bulls had forward Martino Brock sit out last season after transferring from South Alabama, and added another transfer this month in Florida Atlantic forward Kore White, who will play this fall as a graduate transfer. Harris would have three years of eligibility after sitting out the 2012-13 season.
The Harris family has its share of college basketball players -- sister Tesia just finished her playing career at St. John's, and younger brother Terry, a 6-foot-5 forward just finishing his sophomore year, is already drawing offers from Tennessee and Miami. Torrel said USF is aware of Terry as well -- the two brothers would have two years of overlapping eligibility in college.