Harvey Exploring His Options

Eugene Harvey is in the midst of checking out some schools. The St. Benedict's prospect is backing up his Pac-10 trip with a local Big East venture.

Eugene Harvey is a Brooklyn kid. That's why some were surprised to see him take an official visit across country to Pac-10 territory. Last weekend he checked out Southern Cal and we've found out why.

"He really liked the visit and felt like he'd be getting in on the bottom floor with a program that is going to take off," St. Benedict's coach Dan Hurley said. "He could play for a coach who recruited a fellow Brooklyn point guard in Jamal Tinsley. There was a connection made early in the process and could see himself there."

That's right, Tim Floyd was using the success he had with Tinsley to go to work on Harvey and score another NYC point for his program. Like Hurley said, there's a connection and Harvey could see himself being a Trojan man.

Having said that, Harvey isn't done looking. Next up is Rutgers where he'll officially visit this weekend with his pal Lance Thomas. Hurley said that Harvey could potentially check out a few more programs.

"UConn has recruited him but has not offered him. Illinois is coming in today to watch him. Schools that have lost their No. 1 guy are now getting involved. Maybe Tennessee too."

Hurley loves Harvey. Always has. The former Seton Hall point guard and Rutgers assistant thinks Harvey brings tremendous value to a team.

"Eugene is 72-2 as point guard of my team. He's played with good players but when the guy plays against great players, he plays great."

There's no question that Hurley thinks Harvey is capable of captaining a high-major program. "For me, he is a better shooting Taliek Brown. (Brown) held up the big trophy as the starting point guard at UConn. For me, that's a fair comparison. I think the kid is really good."

Good enough that he might take a few more visits and if he's comfortable, reach a decision before the signing period ends.

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