Tennessee announced the signing of 6-10 post player Torrey Harris to a
national letter of intent on Monday.
Harris, from Sardis, Miss., is the fourth player to sign with Tennessee in
the early signing period that began Nov. 9 and ends tomorrow.
"Torrey is a fine young man that we think is really going to be a good
player for us and a good student," Vol coach Kevin O'Neill said. "He's a
guy that's good for us to get from out of state. We feel like he's athletic
enough to play both inside spots and be an immediate contributor."
Harris averaged 12 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game last
season in leading Piney Woods School to a 36-8 mark en route to the
Mississippi Class AA championship as a junior.
He was a member of the national honor society and was a first-team
all-state performer last year and was named to the 1994-95 "Super Six" in
Mississippi. This year his team is 4-0 and ranked third in the state.
Harris is the fourth signee for the Vols, joining Smith County's Scott
Moore, Sweetwater's Aaron Green and Brandon Wharton of Nashville Overton,
who all signed last Wednesday.
"With the other three guys we have, Torrey gives us four very solid
recruits and gives us at least a good start on the way back to being
respectable," O'Neill said.
Moore, a 6-11, 230-pound frontcourt prospect, averaged 18.1 points, 8.8
rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots last season as a junior at Smith County High
School. Moore, who committed to the Vols last summer, was a first-team
Class AA all-state selection after leading his squad to a 20-11 record
while shooting 61 percent from the field.
As a sophomore, Moore scored 13.5 points and had 8.1 rebounds per game as
his team finished 21-9. Moore was also a member of the Tennessee Travelers
AAU 17-and-under squad that was national runner-up last summer.
Green, a 6-2 guard, led Sweetwater High School to the Class AA state
championship last season and was voted the tournament's most valuable
player. Coached by his father, Danny, Green averaged 18 points, six assists
and five steals last year in earning all-state honors.
He has scored over 1400 points during his high school career that included
a sophomore campaign where he averaged 16.8 points in helping Sweetwater to
a runner-up finish in the state tourney.
The 6-2 Wharton decided to give up a promising football career this fall to
concentrate on basketball after leading Overton High School to a 31-4 mark
and a runner-up finish in last year's Class AAA state tournament.
Wharton, who teamed with Moore last summer on the Travelers, averaged 16
points, four rebounds and five assists as a junior, earning honorable
mention all-state accolades, the district player of the year award and the
most valuable player honors for the regional tournament.
"I think if you're ever going to get a program back on track that's in the
shape ours is in, you have to take care of some business instate," O'Neill
said. "We don't expect to get every instate player, but we've gotten our
share this year and we're going to keep recruiting the state of
6-10 Mississippi player signs with Vols
Published: Tue Nov 15, 1994 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:47 p.m.