Harvey set to visit PITT

University of Pittsburgh Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon has signed a pair of players to their recruiting class of 2006. With one more scholarship to give, it appears the Panthers are taking a late run at a blue-chip point guard from St. Benedict Prep in Newark, NJ.

"Eugene is primarily looking at four Big East schools: Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Cincinnati," stated St. Benedict Prep Head Basketball Coach Dan Hurley. Coach Hurely was referring to his star point guard Eugene Harvey (5-foot-11 inches, 170 pounds). "There are a number of schools trying to get involved right now but I think they are a little too late."

"It looks like Eugene is going to visit Pitt within the next week or so. The timing is going to odd because he takes his SATs this Saturday. He'll get there one way or the other."

Harvey averaged 12.3 points and 6.5 assists last season. He was named the MVP of the Jordan All-American Classic at Madison Square Garden last month.

"Eugene really likes Pitt and he really likes Coach (Jamie) Dixon. The only issue in the back of his mind is Levance Fields and Ron Ramon. Fields looks like he's going to be a starter for the next three years. Ramon is very talented and he can move to the point guard position as well. Pitt is big time basketball and Eugene is aware of that. He needs to consider the roster and decided if Pitt is right for him."

Scout.com ranks Harvey a four-star prospect and the 20th best guard in the class of 2006. He appears to have eliminated Cincinnati due to an abundance of guards in their current recruiting class.

Harvey has been known as an effective pass-first point guard that takes pride in distributing the ball. Coach Hurley indicated that his defense has improved exponentially.

"Eugene is going to keep an open mind. Rutgers and Seton Hall look good for him right now but a great trip to Pitt could change things."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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