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Tue. April 16, 2013 | Joey Knight | Email

One of the greatest weeks of Devin Harris' life just got a smidgen better.

The 6-foot-4 Jesuit senior guard, who will sign a letter of intent Wednesday morning with East Tennessee State, today was named the state's Class 5A Player of the Year by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches.

Harris was the only local player — boy or girl — to earn player of the year honors for his/her classification. Jesuit's Neal Goldman and Lakewood's Necole Tunsil were named 5A boys and girls coaches of the year, respectively, while Wharton boys coach Tommy Tonelli won the 8A honor. All three led their teams to state tournament appearances.

Voting was conducted among FABC members and media representatives.

Harris, whose commitment to ETSU was first reported by the Times on Saturday, averaged 15.5 points, six rebounds and 3.5 assists, helping lead Jesuit (31-1) to its first state title in 29 years. His 76-percent efficiency rate from the free-throw line (109-for-144) was best among the Tigers' starters.

Harris and all the FABC honorees will be formally recognized at a banquet at Tampa Prep on April 28.

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