Duke Now "Heavily" Involved With D.J. Harvey

Five star rising junior forward claims much increased interest from college basketball's two super powers.

CHICAGO -- Duke is starting to make the Class of 2017 a major priority and now that Jayson Tatum is locked up on the wing in 2016, the Blue Devils are looking for the next guy.

One of the potential recruits is 6-foot-6 Maryland native D.J. Harvey. Playing at basketball powerhouse DeMatha, Harvey has already drawn early scholarship offers from some of the best programs in the country. Recently, Harvey has heard from Duke coaches on the phone, along with a few other new schools.

"Duke and Kentucky are now recruiting me heavily. Coach K has been in contact with me," Harvey said. "Also, UCLA. Everyone else has pretty much offered. Just those three haven't offered yet."

With Coach K getting on the phone to speak with Harvey, he's starting to feel the attention from the Blue Devils.

"It just tells me that my hard work has paid off. I grew up watching those teams. It's just an honor to get that interest at such a young age," Harvey said.

Harvey has already visited Arizona unofficially and he wants to visit Arizona and UCLA again sometime this summer. He's looking for a few different factors when deciding on a school at the next level.

"How deep they go in the tournament. How close the coach is with his players and winning," Harvey said of his primary factors.

Although known as one of the better scorers on the wing in the 2017 class, Harvey is trying to prove this July that he's got more to his game than hitting shots.

"[I want to prove] that I'm versatile, that I can play any position. I'm as good a shooter as I am a driver. Also defense and rebounding," Harvey said.

So far, Harvey has enjoyed the July live evaluation period as he's played with Team Takeover in the Peach Jam and in the Nike Global Challenge.

"July has been treating me well. A bunch of schools have come in the picture. All in all, I'm getting better every tournament, every session, so July has been good to me," Harvey said.

Regarded as a five-star prospect, according to Scout.com, Harvey is currently viewed as the No. 9 overall national prospect in the class.

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