Panthers looking at playmaker

Few players navigate the point with the flair and pizzazz of Eugene Harvey. There isn't an awful lot that the 5-foot-11 165 pound playmaker from St. Benedict's High School in Newark, New Jersey, doesn't see on the basketball court.

Eugene Harvey wields exceptional vision and an uncanny court sense. He'll shoot a dart down the baseline to a streaking teammate, look away the defender before the feed, or hit an open target through the trees. He is a creative passer who, at times, seemingly has eyes in the back of his head. His passing ability and vision are top-tier in the class of 2006.

On the negative side, Harvey has a tendency to be careless with the ball, and make ill-chosen passes that turn into turnovers. He also needs to shoot the ball more consistently.

While he hasn't put a lot of thought into the recruiting process yet, Harvey has attracted a healthy following in the early going.

"I've gotten interest from Pittsburgh, Maryland, UConn.. most every school," said Harvey. "I'm being recruited by everybody."

Harvey said that he'll likely put more thought into the recruiting process toward the end of his high school season.

Eugene competed with North Jersey Hoops on the AAU circuit this summer, and attended the ABCD Camp. Harvey was a standout this fall at the IS8 League in Queens playing with the Rocksteady team.

A native of Brooklyn, Harvey attended Boys and Girls High School in his home borough as a freshman.

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