Headed into Friday, Sidney Lowe and N.C. State's 2011 recruiting class was a Wolfpack of one, Joseph Uchebo, roaming the paint in search of dunks and blocked shots. Now, that pack has grown by one thanks to the commitment of Tyler Harris.
A 6-foot-7 forward who is playing his senior season Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's, Harris made his decision public.
"The coaches have been recruiting Tyler since the ninth grade and he has a great relationship with the head coach and the assistant coaches," Harris' father, Torrel, told Rivals.com about his son's decision to attend N.C. State. "He loves the school. He feels the coaches will help him to elevate his game to the next level."
A forward who has the size to play as a face-up four in a lineup designed to get scorers on the four, Harris is going to focus on playing the three first in college.
"The wing position is open due to graduation," said the elder Harris. "Tyler was the head coaches priority and they waited until Tyler went through the whole recruiting process, meaning they didn't take a commitment from another (wing) player until they heard from Tyler."
The Harris family also cited the academic programs, particularly the support available to players. More than anything, though, Harris sees a program on the rise.
"He's confident they will be an elite program," said Harris. "He loves the facility and the conference."