It's been an incredible journey for former University of Tennessee freshmen phenom Tobias Harris. It was a journey that began many years ago in the greater-New York City area, but truly started to take shape during Harris' time at Half Hollow Hills High School in Dix Hills, New York.
During his time there, as well as his time in the AAU ranks, Harris earned a reputation as one of the top prep basketball players in the country. He took his squad to a Class AA State Championship as a senior and garnered nearly every accolade imaginable, including a coveted slot in the McDonald's All-American Game.
Rated a five-star by Rivals.com, Harris received scholarship offers from nearly every school in the country but chose to play for Bruce Pearl and the University of Tennessee. Harris was the seventh ever McDonald's All-American to don the Orange and White, and was the second during the Bruce Pearl era, joining Scotty Hopson (who went undrafted Thursday night.)
Though Harris' time on "The Hill" was short, he did not disappoint in living up to the hype. Harris put up impressive numbers as a freshmen at UT, scoring 15.3 ppg and averaging 7.3 rpg, which was good enough to earn him second-team Freshman All-American accolades as well as a second-team All-SEC selection.
Following a disappointing blowout loss in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament to Michigan, Harris heavily weighed his options before making the decision to enter the 2011 NBA Draft amidst tumultuous times at Tennessee.
Last night, one part of Harris' journey came to a conclusion and a new part began as Harris was drafted 19th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats before being immediately traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Harris joins a solid young nucleus in Milwaukee that includes C Andrew Bogut and PG Brandon Jennings, as the Bucks attempt to build an organization that can contend with the defending Central Division Champion Chicago Bulls.
We at KnoxVegasVols.com wish Tobias the best of luck in the NBA, and we're sure that he'll do the Big Orange proud. There is certainly no doubting that Tobias Harris is a Vol-for-Life.