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May 2, 2012

Freshman Tyler Harris transferring



NC State freshman small forward Tyler Harris is leaving the men's basketball program.

The 6-foot-8, 203-pounder started three games and played in 19 for the 24-13 Wolfpack. The Dix Hills, N.Y., native averaged 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

"Thank you for everything Wolfpack, it's been great," said Harris on his Twitter account. "I'm going to miss being here and being with my bros."

Harris started three games during the non-conference slate when junior small forward Scott Wood injured his ankle. He has seven points and six rebounds in 28 minutes in NC State's 86-79 loss to Vanderbilt on Nov. 19. He also started against Texas and Elon.

Harris played 13 minutes of action during the ACC slate. He did provide a defensive spark against Kansas in the NCAA Tournament with three rebounds in seven minutes during the eventual 60-57 Sweet 16 loss to the Jayhawks.

"Tyler Harris has decided to transfer from NC State Univesity this spring for personal reasons," said Torrel Harris, Tyler's father. "He is extremely grateful for the opportunity he has been given by the coaching staff, administration and fans.

"He looks forward to build on the experience he has gained during NC State's tremendous Sweet 16 run."

Harris picked NC State over Providence, Iowa, Rhode Island, St. John's, and others. Duquesne, Louisville, Washington, Wake Forest, South Florida, Seton Hall, Rutgers and Connecticut, were some of the other schools that recruited him.

Rivals.com ranked him the No. 135 overall player in the class of 2011 and the No. 33 small forward.

Harris, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks forward Tobias Harris, played with his brother in 2010 at Half Hollow Hills West High, but then attended St. Benedict's in Newark, N.J., his senior year.

Harris remained loyal to NC State following the departure of coach Sidney Lowe, and remained with the Wolfpack after coach Mark Gottfried was hired April 5, 2011.

"I'm disappointed that my staff and I won't have the opportunity to continue working with Tyler," Gottfried said. "I wish him well in his future academic and athletic pursuits."


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