Tobias Harris was taken 19th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, via the Charlotte Bobcats, in a trade earlier today.
Harris becomes the first University of Tennessee basketball player to be taken in the first round since shooting-great Allan Houston was taken 11th overall by the Detroit Pistons in 1993.
Harris is expected to play small forward in Milwaukee. The Bucks traded away one of their small forwards today, Corey Maggette, leaving only Carlos Delfino on the depth chart at that position.
Thus, the Vols standout should get a chance to show his skills early on with the young Bucks team.
He will be working with some other terrific youngsters in Milwaukee. Point guard Brandon Jennings is coming off a great rookie season and center Andrew Bogut had a break-out season last year.
Harris jumped several higher-rated prospects, according to Jay Bilas, including Duke star Nolan Smith. Apparently, Harris' calm-and-cool demeanor, both on and off the court, spoke to the Bucks organization.
This is a great place for the mild mannered one-and-doner to go. With minimal media scrutiny, immediate playing time, and quality teammates, Harris should experience a nice start to his NBA career.
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