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Four-star guard D.J. Harvey commits to Notre Dame

Mike Brey's unwavering faith in D.J. Harvey's abilities led to the Irish landing Scout's No. 43 overall recruit in 2017.

Four-star wing prospect D.J. Harvey verbally committed to Notre Dame on Tuesday, he tells Scout. 

"I’m going to Notre Dame and I chose Notre Dame because of the relationship that I have with the coaching staff and how interested and how devoted coach [Mike] Brey was in me through the whole process," Harvey said. 

"As you know I had a rough summer, but he was always there," Harvey said. "He was at every session and every camp, everything. He really just put forth the effort. I just feel like that’s the right place and I can contribute right away freshman."

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Brey's unwavering faith in Harvey's abilities paid dividends and helped the Irish land a top 50 prospect. 

"That meant a lot," he said. "Everyone started to falling back a little bit. He stayed true. It’s a great feeling. I feel like I can trust him and the whole coaching staff. That didn’t go unnoticed. When it’s time to play next season, I just have a lot to prove."

Harvey, a standout at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, had a wide range of scholarship offers including Connecticut and Texas, but Harvey said he ultimately chose Notre Dame over Alabama. 

This past weekend Harvey took an official visit to Alabama. Upon returning, Mike Brey and his staff met with the 6-foot-5 wing on Monday. Harvey took his official visit to Notre Dame the weekend of September 10th.

"I guess I kind of always knew," he said when asked when the decision hit him. "The official visit kind of took it over the top. I had so much fun and it felt like the right fit. I played pick up with the guys and they welcomed me with open arms. The whole campus welcomed me with open arm. I feel like I can achieve my ultimate goal of getting to the NBA the quickest at Notre Dame.

Playing for Team Takeover in the EYBL circuit, Harvey averaged 10.3 points and 6.8 rebounds a game in 21 games.

"I can help with versatility and athleticism," Harvey said when asked what he'll bring to Notre Dame. "I’m a big two guard. I can defend the one through the four. I can bring scoring right away. I can also bring that defensive ability."

Harvey is regarded as the No. 43 overall prospect and the No. 8 shooting guard in the 2017 class. 

This marks the first commitment of the class for Notre Dame. 


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