Tobias John Harris was born July 15, 1992 and is a forward with the Detroit Pistons. In May 2011, Harris declared his intention to enter the 2011 NBA Draft. The Long Island native was selected 19th by the Charlotte Bobcats but was later dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks in a draft-day deal.
Tobias Harris attended Half Hollow Hills High School West and joined the varsity basketball team as an 8th grader. He played at Half Hollow Hills High School West until transferring to Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School in Brookville, NY for his junior year. While at Long Island Lutheran, he led the “Crusaders” to a New York State Class “A” state championship. He transferred back to Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills, NY for his senior year where he was eventually named the 2010 Mr. New York Basketball and a 2010 McDonald’s All-American.
Tobias committed to play college basketball at the University of Tennessee during his senior year. He played a point forward position in Pearl’s unique offense, a mix between power and small forward. As a Freshman Harris was a Freshman All-America second-team selection and one of the nation’s most consistent and versatile performers, Harris also was named second-team All-SEC by the league’s head coaches and earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team … Ranked fifth among all freshmen in the six “major” conferences with 15.3 points per game. In May 2011, he announced that he would enter the NBA Draft. He was selected 19th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats and immediately traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a trade involving the Bucks, Bobcats, and the Sacramento Kings.
During his second NBA season, Tobias was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Orlando Magic. After the trade Harris would average more than 17 points and nine rebounds during the next 20 games.
He looks to help build the future of the Orlando Magic and is actively involved in his communities of Orlando and Long Island. When time permits, Tobias makes corporate appearances and is one of the top Christian Athlete Speakers.