CAMDEN, N.J. — Terry Harris had to have known the question was coming, but his eyes still lit up when he heard it.
After Monday’s pre-draft workout at the Sixers' facility with five other prospects — Luguentz Dort, Naz Reid, Terence Davis, Zach Hankins and Garrison Matthews —a reporter wondered how the 6-foot-6 wing felt about the possibility of playing with his older brother, Tobias.
“We haven’t played together since we were in eighth grade, in high school,” Harris said, “so if that could ever happen again, it would be a blessing.”
Like his (slightly) more famous brother, one of Harris’ greatest strengths is his outside shooting. Though he only averaged 8.1 points per game as a redshirt senior at North Carolina A&T, he shot 41.1 percent from three-point territory. He made two long-range shots in a scrimmage during the brief portion of the workout open to the media.
“My goal is to show teams I can shoot the ball just as well from the NBA three-point line,” he said with a New York accent in a familiar, measured cadence. “Stretch the floor out and bring my shooting abilities to any team.”
Tobias was especially keen on him showing off those abilities in front of the Sixers.
“He told me a lot of great things about the Sixers,” Terry said. “He obviously wanted me to play my best today. Just go hard, give it my all and show them what I can do.”
Another Harris brother, Tyler, took part in a free-agent workout with the Sixers this weekend, according to The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.
The three brothers are represented by their father Torrel, who played college basketball at Duquesne and Murray State.
A hold-your-breath moment
Reid had a couple frustrating moments in Monday’s workout. The big man from LSU disagreed with a foul call, got beat for a rebound and missed a jump hook in the span of a few minutes.
But, soon after the workout transitioned to a full-court 3-on-3 scrimmage, he grabbed a rebound, broke free in the open floor and gave a glimpse of his guard-like skills. Unfortuantely, that was his last on-court action of the day.
Reid walked off the court alongside the Sixers’ training staff, and the injury didn’t appear to be serious. He could be an intriguing option for the Sixers if concerns about his conditioning cause him to slip and be available in the mid-to-late second round (see draft profile).
'A more mature game'
Sixers senior director of scouting Vince Rozman reiterated Elton Brand’s comments from May about targeting players who can contribute immediately.
“Hopefully somebody that can come in and stretch the floor, and come in with a defensive mindset,” Rozman said.
While Brand had said he was “looking for maybe older players,” Rozman noted the Sixers don’t have any type of age prerequisite.
“Definitely a player with a more mature game than a ‘project,’ but I don’t know if that’s necessarily determined by age,” he said.
Rozman put Reid and Dort in that class, calling the pair “really skilled freshmen that can potentially come in and help right away.”
He also named Davis, a 6-foot-4 guard from Ole Miss, as a player who impressed. Davis posted 15.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a senior. His stock is reportedly on the rise.
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