Harvey Hale: Taking His Time

As his junior season draws closer to playoff time, Albuquerque (NM) Rio Grande star Harvey Hale has gone into business mode. After helping his teammates knock off the #2 team in the state on Friday night, Hale has Rio Grande right in the thick of the state title hunt.

Harvey Hale is so focused on the season that he hasn't had much time to think about colleges.

"It is pretty much the same schools right now. I'm liking Marquette, I'm liking Kansas a lot now, I'm liking Texas and I'm liking Arizona State, Syracuse and UConn," said Hale. "I haven't really narrowed it down and it is hard, I haven't really gotten a top 10 yet."

Another focus for the 6-4 combo guard has been handling the bulk of the point guard duties. In the past, he has made the most noise by scoring, defending and rebounding on the rim, but his team is undefeated since his switch to playing the point full time and Hale just wants to be on the court.

"It really doesn't matter to me where I play. If I have to play the point, I'll play the point. I have to play the two, I'll play the two. Man, I'll play the three, the four or the five if I need to, I don't care as long as I'm playing."

According to Hale, it has been a little while since Kansas or any other school stopped by for a visit, but he is still hearing from Jayhawk assistant Joe Dooley.

"I'm really liking them (Kansas) right now, he (Dooley) is showing a lot of interest. I really like the style of play of Marquette, and I also like Kansas and Texas style of play along with Syracuse and Arizona State's too."

Hale readily admits that he likes something about almost every school recruiting him, but when push comes to shove two schools have taken a slight lead.

"Really, my top schools are Marquette and Kansas because they are showing the most interest right now, even though everybody has offered."

This spring and summer, Hale will likely split time between a local AAU team and Mitch Malone's Texas Blue Chips. He'll also make a return trip to ABCD camp where he made the All-Star game last summer.

He's unlikely to take any visits until next fall because he hasn't taken the ACT or SAT yet, but he is a 4.0 student so qualifying won't be a concern. As for what he is looking for in a school, relationships will be the most important factor.

"I'm really interested in the relationship with the coaches and how they deal with me, my family, my high school coach and Mitch."

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