Tyler Harris announced Friday that he is transferring to Auburn after spending the last two seasons with Providence. As a graduate transfer, Harris will be able to play immediately play for the Tigers next season.
Harris is a well-traveled man, as this is the third high-major school he will be attending. He spent his first year in college playing for North Carolina State before sitting out a season and then playing the next two years with the Friars.
Keith Niebuhr of AuburnUndercover confirmed the news:
“When I called coach (Bruce) Pearl, he said he was just talking to someone about me,” Harris said. “I said, ‘Did you tell him I’m coming?’ When I said that, he said he was just really excited.”
Harris, who is 6-foot-9 and 232 pounds, will graduate from Providence this week. He averaged 9.9 points and four rebounds a game last season, starting 12 times. The previous season he averaged 11.6 points and five rebounds a game, after transferring from North Carolina State.
As Niebuhr points out, Harris is the younger brother of the Orlando Magic’s Tobias Harris, who played for Pearl at Tennessee. So there is certainly some familiarity between the Harris family and Pearl.
Harris chose Auburn over the likes Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Connecticut, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Iowa State and VCU.