Slamfest Feature: Eugene Harvey

RICHMOND, Va. – It's good to be Eugene Harvey. Having not signed scholarship papers early, he's the highest-rated uncommitted point guard on the board and he's in no rush to change his title.

Friday night at the Slamfest yielded a St. Benedict's blowout of Meadowbrook High. The Gray Bees point guard, 6-foot Eugene Harvey, hit for 12 points, 5 assists and 5 turnovers in the game. At this point in the year, he's the highest rated point guard not spoken for in the country.

Harvey says he has no regrets about letting the early signing period pass him by. "I'm excited to be going through (the recruiting process)," Harvey said Friday night. "I'm getting more schools that I want to recruit me."

Who's on him the hardest? Southern Cal and Rutgers. Illinois and Florida are still on his radar. "When the season's over I plan to visit Florida and Illinois."

But, there is one way Harvey's recruitment could end quickly and one way only: if teammate and close buddy Lance Thomas were to pick Rutgers he'd be through with the process.

"I'm done. I'm in if L.T. picks them, I'm with him," Harvey said.

Thomas' much documented recruitment reads Rutgers, Duke, Florida and Arizona.

Harvey's one of those guys who pushes the basket, sometimes at breakneck speed. It's who he is, what he does and it makes him quite happy. "My strength is going to the basket and getting guys open shots and making them better."

Most of Harvey's offense comes on attacks. His perimeter game hasn't materialized though it remains an area he's committed to improving. "It needs a lot more work. I'm getting more confident shooting the ball."

Harvey's in the driver's seat with his recruitment. He'll wait for his season to wind down, appraise the situation and go from there. The Trojans want him and so do the Scarlet Knights. If Florida and Illinois want visits, Harvey says he'd like to see their campuses too. He's been to USC and Rutgers on officials already.

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