The elite list of finalists was determined by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists and administrators from around the country, which based its criteria on player performances this season.
Harris—who scored 27 points Tuesday night while leading top-seeded Half Hollow Hills West High School to an 80-63 win over Copiague in the Suffolk Class AA quarterfinals—has powered the Colts to a sterling 20-0 record this season. The nation’s top-ranked power forward became the 11th Long Island prep player to score 2,000 career points in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s victory.
The Naismith winner will be determined in early March and will be recognized at the annual Naismith Awards banquet March 23, 2010 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. The Naismith Trophy is among the most prestigious national award presented annually to the college and high school basketball players of the year.
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Last week, Harris was selected to play in the annual Jordan Brand All-American game April 17 at Madison Square Garden. The game, which will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET, includes the top 10 high school senior basketball players in the country, according to ESPNU rankings.