North Carolina State transfer Tyler Harris has committed to play for head coach Ed Cooley at Providence, multiple outlets are reporting.
Harris played under seven minutes per game in his freshman season at NC State, averaging 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds for a team that finished 24-13 and advanced to the Sweet 16.
He enters a program that is quickly aligning itself to make an improvement in the Big East, hiring former Fairfield coach Ed Cooley before the 2011-12 season and locking up the best recruiting class in the conference in 2012.
Led by 2012 guards Kris Dunn and Ricardo Ledo, the Friars are laying the groundwork to build a contender in the future.
At 6-8 and just over 200 pounds, Harris is a swingman who could fit well into the Friars’ rotation, once he becomes eligible in the 2013-14 season. His transfer brings him closer to his hometown in the Northeast, as he grew up in Dix Hills, N.Y., located on Long Island.
Harris is the younger brother of former Tennessee forward and current Milwaukee Buck Tobias Harris. His sister, Tesia, played college basketball at St. John’s.
The Friars finished 15-17 last season, including 4-14 in the Big East.