Notre Dame got good news on Tuesday night as D.J. Harvey picked the Fighting Irish. Recently Notre Dame Fighting Irish hosted Harvey for an official visit, and now they have a commitment from the four-star prospect.
Now the question is, what kind of player is Notre Dame getting in Harvey?
Even before Harvey entered high school he was someone who found himself on the radar of colleges. By making the decision to leave Alabama and attend DeMatha Catholic, Harvey drew the specific attention of many schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as those who continually recruit the D.C. area.
Early on in his high school career Harvey looked to be backing up the hype as an elite prospect. He showed off his impressive combination of high skill, solid athleticism, long arms, and a lot of versatility.
For a while Harvey found himself not only in the top 25 of the national rankings, but comfortably inside the top 10. Quite simply as a young prospect he was viewed as the next big thing in the Washington D.C. area.
However as a junior, and probably for the first time in his life, Harvey took a backseat on his team. The emergence of Washington bound point guard Markelle Fultz meant that Harvey was going to be the second option for DeMatha, and quite honestly he struggled. Harvey just didn’t look like the same player he was the first two years.
He then followed that up with what by his own admission was a subpar summer in the EYBL playing with Team Takeover. At times Harvey looked disinterested and he really struggled to compete at the level he had in the past.
However in his defense as July began to turn to August, Harvey picked things up again. He had solid showings on the shoe camp showcase circuit, and then was very good in early August with DeMatha in pre-season events.
His reemergence is a very good thing, and a solid sign heading in to what is a very important senior season. Harvey’s greatest skill right now is his ability to rebound. For a wing he is a tremendous rebounder, and he really takes pride in his ability to clean the glass.
Outside of that he is good in the mid-range, is solid getting to the rim, and he has tremendous versatility on the defensive end. Notre Dame is getting an extremely talented player. In fact there is no question just on raw ability Harvey is currently underrated at No. 43 in the country.
There aren’t 25 players in this class with the ability that Harvey has, however he now has to prove he is the player he was early in his career, and not the one who struggled to get things going over the last year.