It is rare that a true 6’6” wing falls under the radar. Especially in today’s game, where players who can shoot, with size are what’s en vogue. Especially when you add in the fact that he played for a Durham Academy team who finished 28-4 and carried the number one seed into the NCISAA State Championships. A team who featured a 5-star, Top 25 prospect on its roster and hasn’t lost a game since December 30.
Again, it is a surprise Toby Harris has flown under the radar this long. During the John Wall Holiday Invitational, widely regarded as a Top 5 tournament in the country, Harris averaged 16 points in his three games, this included 19 points on 7-12 field goals, against the number one team in the country, Montverde Academy.
In the Final Four of the NCISAA 4A State Playoffs, in front of a packed house, Harris showed out. He finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds. The smooth touch with deep range shined as he went 5-9 from 3 in the game, to add to his 44% 3-point shooting (87 makes) on the year.
Yes, one may ask, how has Toby Harris flown under the radar for this long?
Harris is a lengthy wing prospect, who plays very efficiently on the floor. He has a smooth shooting stroke, with deep range. He also showcased the ability to get to his spots off the bounce, with the one and two dribble pull up. Harris moved well off the ball, he had good footwork and pre-shot prep. Harris is also athletic, able to play above the rim in transition.
In this game, he also showcased toughness, with his ability to both rebound and defend on the block. He finished with 9 of his teams 21 total rebounds, he also defended the opposition’s post player, with length, athleticism, and toughness.
Overall it was a great showing, in what culminated a great season for Harris. It is certainly one to carry into a big travel ball season for him. At the end of the day, 6’6” wings who shoot it above a 40% clip with the ability to create off the bounce and finish above the rim, don’t just grow on trees.
As his play continues at this high of a level, expect him to no longer be under an radar prospect.