By John Denton

Whereas there was surprise from some last season when Tobias Harris came to Orlando and blossomed into a standout scorer, the sweet-shooting Magic forward simply saw it as part of the master plan.

Harris grew up around professional sports with a father who was the agent to Hall of Famer George Gervin, and his singular focus from the time that he was old enough to dribble a ball was to play in the NBA.

As a youngster, he wrote class papers about playing in the NBA. Most kids his age learn the game from rec league coaches, but Harris was getting advice from longtime NBA player Mel Daniels and the legendary Gervin. And his when his cousin, Channing Frye, reached the NBA in 2005, it only strengthened Harris’ motivation to play basketball professionally.

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