Exclusive First Look: Harvey Hale

With the 2004 class locked up, Bill Self and company have turned their focus to 2005 and beyond as they scour the nation for talented underclassmen. While Kansas fans have celebrated some re-established recruiting ties to the East Coast, the Jayhawks continue to look to the West Coast.

One player who has received his fare share of attention is Harvey Hale, a slick and physical 6-4 combo guard from Albuquerque (NM) Rio Grande.

”Assistant coach Joe Dooley was out to see me play,” Hale told Phog.net. “I’ve been talking to him and some other coaches a lot. I’m supposed to try and talk with Bill Self this week.”

Some astute fans may recognize Hale’s name because he has already performed in Allen Field House. In fact, Hale was one of the best prospects in the gym while he stood out for the New Mexico Flight when they played in the Jayhawk Invitational last spring.

After a strong showing in Lawrence, Hale followed through with an all star performance at ABCD Camp and a couple of scoring binges playing for the Texas Blue Chips at the Big Time in Las Vegas.

In addition to Kansas, the likes of Texas, Marquette, Stanford, Arizona State, New Mexico, Louisville, Florida and UConn have all stopped by his school or called to express interest.

A prospect who has a chance to be a top 50 in the country type of player, Hale does a lot of things well. He uses his size and strength to get to the basket, passes well, rebounds and has the ability to lock up defenders. He is probably best suited to play on the wing where he has a dangerous pull up jumper from mid range, but does handle well enough to give minutes at the point.

It is still early and he won’t narrow a list until after his junior season, but Hale liked what he saw during his visit to Kansas for the Jayhawk Invitational.

“I really like KU because they really love Jayhawk basketball out there. I thought they had a lot of enthusiasm for the school, and like I said people just love Kansas Basketball. The coaches tell me that they always pack the gym, and it isn’t like that everywhere else,” said Hale. “I’ve also learned that they say straight up what you will be in their program, they tell you how you will be able to play and what they expect of you.”

A tremendous student who sports a 4.0 GPA in the classroom, Hale is excited for another crack at the national circuit and events like ABCD.

“It is a lot different in the summer than at home. The players are stronger and they read you more so a lot of the moves you are used to using don’t work. Those guys see more players that are better than you, so your game really has to come out against them.”

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