Louisville an 'idol' school for top '17 wing

Five star wing D.J. Harvey has a number of high majors in pursuit at this early period of his recruitment, including the University of Louisville. Harvey called the Cardinals an 'idol' school and has a longtime relationship with assistant Kenny Johnson.

Five star wing D.J. Harvey is one of the top players in the Class of 2017 and has a ton of recruiting interest early in the process. Harvey was a standout last week at the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp.

During the camp, Harvey said he was "really open" in the recruiting process at this point. He's had a ton of new interest and said there are still other schools recruiting him that haven't offered.

But he did call one school that has offered an "idol" school.

Harvey said he's watched the University of Louisville program "as long as I can remember," and has been a fan. The Hyattsville, Md., Dematha Catholic standout landed an offer from the Cardinals earlier this spring.

"Just because of coach Rick Pitino and the tradition and the fanbase," Harvey said of his reasoning to like U of L. "I love the tempo they play and that they are a defensive-minded team. I've been a fan for a long time.

"For me to get an offer from one of my idol schools was a real honor."

On June 15, Harvey said he had over 20 phone calls and seven new offers. He spoke with the Duke coaches and had offers that day from Arizona State, Oklahoma, Virginia and Pittsburgh.

The 6-foot-4 Harvey, who averaged 14 points a game and shooting just over 41% from three for Team Takeover in the EYBL league this spring, also mentioned U of L, Arizona, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Villanova, Oregon and Maryland. He said all of those have offered a scholarship except UK.

"It's early and I am keeping my options open," he said.

But Harvey said he expects that Louisville will have a shot in the end because of the program and also because of his relationship with U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson.

"I've known him since his days with Team Takeover," Harvey said. "It was actually kind of funny when he went to Louisville and it just worked out for me that I have an offer from them."

Harvey is also close friends and AAU teammates with U of L '16 commitment V.J. King.


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