Eugene Harvey is a player. The 5-foot-11 point guard is fast with the ball, likes the rock in his hands and wants to get up and down the floor ASAP. Schools currently recruiting him should have one thing to offer: playing time.
"He's the type of kid who needs the ball in his hands right away," St. Benedict's coach Dan Hurley said. "Him going to back somebody up isn't a scenario for him – he's not caddying for somebody."
Harvey has gained the interest of a lot of programs but despite the looming beginning of the signing period, there is little rush to decide.
"Eugene is really focusing on what he needs to get in the classroom," Hurley said. "He needs certain level of grades and academic success in order to guarantee his qualification next year. That's a huge focus for him.
"He's currently fielding inquires from Maryland, Illinois and Seton Hall. For him there's no real urgency. It's probably two things: wait to see what Lance does because they are considering Rutgers together and he'll wait and see who goes where and who gets hired because he's not anybody's caddy."
Southern Cal had him out for a visit and Pittsburgh is close to locking down a date. "I think he's going to visit them probably in a couple of weeks. It's the only one that I can confirm that a visit is being set up for. He's had conversations (about visiting) with Maryland and Illinois."
Hurley said that qualifying – should Harvey continue to stay on the pace he's at – shouldn't be an issue. He's got a score in place already. "He has an SAT that qualifies him and he needs to finish up his academic courses and he'll qualify."