A number of adjectives could be used to describe 6-5 Louisville signee Bryan Harvey.
And though he's an excellent shooter possessing NBA range on his jump shot, the best word to describe Harvey might simply be winner.
Harvey averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds while leading Compton (CA) Dominguez (26-6) to the California Division II Southern sectional title before falling to 6-6 Taylor King and Mater Dei in the Southern California Regional Division II championship game.
"It was a great season," said Harvey. "It was my last year so I wanted to make it the best. We were always expected to win, but to win it always feels great whether it's expected or unexpected, is an excellent feeling."
Harvey was rewarded for his excellent senior season with an invitation to participate in Tuesday night's 41st Roundball Classic in Chicago. And Harvey didn't disappoint, scoring 13 points on 3-8 three-point shooting to help lead West team to a 136-119 win.
"Bryan's got a big heart and a fierce competitive spirit," Roundball Classic founder Sonny Vaccaro said. "He works on his game, his shots, his handle and his passing very, very assiduously. I like his intensity when he's on the floor, always trying to make something happen with a timely shot or a creative dish."
Vaccaro said he's keeping a close eye on Harvey because he could be one of the bigger sleeper prospects in the class.
"He's got superb body control and he's a scrapper when it comes to fighting for the ball," added Vaccaro. "Every year, someone surprises us with his performance, and I'm keeping my eye on Bryan this year."
Now that his senior season has concluded, Harvey's focus has turned to preparing for life as a college freshman at Louisville next fall. There, he'll compete with fellow classmate Terrence Williams for playing time on the wing for Rick Pitino.
"I told myself when I get back home I'm going to take two weeks off then start working out and getting ready for college," Harvey said.
Smack talk about whose college team would be better often dotted the conversation between Classic participants this week, according to Harvey.
"I've been following every (Louisville) game," Harvey said. "It's funny because everyone is going to a certain college. We get in arguments and fight about who is the best team or whatever.
He's also been talking to several of his future Lousiville teammates on the phone.
"I talked to Terrance Williams on the phone today and Andre McGee," Harvey said Tuesday night. "We talk about how the they're playing, who thinks who is going to start, roommates, stuff like that."
He's also hoping 6-9 Amir Johnson joins Williams, McGee and himself in Louisville next season. Johnson might by-pass college to enter this June's NBA Draft.
"I hope (Amir comes to Louisville)," Harvey said. "I asked him about it. He doesn't really give me a straight answer. But I hope he's there next year. If he goes to the level after college, that is a good thing for him and I wish him the best of luck, but if he doesn't and he comes to Louisville that'd be great, too."