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Harvey Comfortable with Irish

Notre Dame in the mix for 2017 wing D.J. Harvey.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Notre Dame remains very much in the mix for 2017 wing D.J. Harvey.

The 6-foot-5 Harvey, who was among 26 players vying for the 12-man USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team, said Notre Dame’s pitch remains that he would be a major part of the team's offense that has been so prolific the last few seasons.

Harvey is also intrigued by the connections he has to the program's coaching staff.

"[Notre Dame says] if you come here you can take every shot and play however you want," Harvey said. "Coach Brey is a DeMatha grad, so he's always looking out for his guys."

Harvey said that assistant coach Rod Balanis, another DeMatha grad, has been his lead recruiter and he feels comfortable with the way things stand with the Irish.

"Almost all of the coaching staff went to DeMatha so that helps," Harvey acknowledged.

Even though Notre Dame has had some changes to the assistant coaching staff this offseason, Harvey is not bothered by the staff turnover.

"It hasn't [changed anything] at all," Harvey said. "As long as Coach Brey stays there, it's going to be the same interest."

The recruiting process will also start to pick up for Harvey soon since he's done with his USA Basketball commitments and has also recently taken the SAT.

"I know that I'll likely start my officials soon now that I have my SATs out of the way," Harvey said.

Harvey hasn't set any official visits yet, but he has a few schools that he would like to see.

"UConn and UCLA. Those are pretty much the two I haven't seen yet," Harvey said of official visits.

Harvey wasn't named as a finalist for the U18 team in Colorado Springs, but he prepared hard for the tryout by working out three times a day to improve his game.

"I think it went well. The fact that everybody came off the plane and competed and played hard [was positive]," Harvey said. "I think the games were a little slow at first but everybody found their rhythm. Me personally, my shots weren't really falling, so I tried to get my stuff more easily in transition. Get the rebound and go. That helped a lot. I finished through contact and finished my free throws. I have to get my teammates involved. I know they're all about team so I just have to take what's there."

Since USA is over, Harvey will now focus on an important July live evaluation period in which he'll continue to play with Team Takeover. During the spring, Harvey helped the team to a 10-6 record as they qualified for the Peach Jam.

"Peach Jam is coming up," Harvey said. "I'm just trying to get better and make sure we don't come up short like last year."

During the spring, Harvey played in 16 games and averaged 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.


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