One-on-One with Bryan Harvey

Louisville freshman guard Bryan Harvey tells about the emotion of playing in front of a sold-out Freedom Hall, the difficulty of making the transition to college life and more.

After being sidelined for a few days early in the season to focus on academics, freshman Bryan Harvey battled back and saw his first action of the young season in Louisville's 111-85 win over Akron on Saturday afternoon.

The Compton, Calif., native scored 6 points, grabbed 2 rebounds and handed out 2 assists in the win. Following the game the 6-foot-4 guard spoke to about his first game experience, as well as his struggle adjusting to college life.

How did it feel to receive your first action of the year?

"It felt really good to finally be playing in Freedom Hall with my team. It felt real good to be out there competing against someone else and not just my own teammates."

You had a burst of emotion after you made your first college basket – a three-pointer in the first half.

"When you play in Freedom Hall you can't help getting excited when something good happens. All the fans get loud and it's a great feeling."

Coach Pitino has said since the start of the season that this team would be a strong one after everyone returned from injury. Have you noticed a change now that everyone is finally practicing together?

Harvey's early 3-pointer helped
the Cardinals build a 46-37 halftime lead
"Oh, definitely. We've only been practicing as a whole for about a week and we are already getting better and I think it showed during the game. Everyone was where they were supposed to be on offense. With our offense when you get the ball you already know where everyone else is without even looking. That shows that everything is coming together."

Coach Pitino said that you could see even more minutes if you increase your intensity in practice. With the extra practice that the semester break allows, do you view it as a time to hopefully earn more playing time?

"Whenever we can get in and practice, I'm excited. That's when I can show what I can do, which helps give me more confidence to be on the floor. I had a talk with him and that's what he wants – more intensity on the defensive side.

There were a few days at the start of the season when you were held out so you could focus more on academics. What did you learn from that experience and how are things going for you off the court now?

"I learned that you have to hit the books or you won't be able to play. It's been really tough to do what we do and complete your academic studies, but everyone else on the team is doing it, so there's no reason why I can't."

Has it been a difficult transition from high school to college for you?

"It's been that more than anything. It's time management. Now it's all good and I have it all together."

As the season progresses, what type of role do you see yourself playing?

"Whatever Coach Pitino and my team needs me to do. If it's to get rebounds, if it's to stop their best player, whatever Coach Pitino needs me to do then that's my role."

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