Mike Brey and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish continue to make an impact on the national recruiting stage, as showcased with the commitment of power forward Nate Laszewski on Wednesday. However, Brey’s hot streak really began when he brought D.J. Harvey in from Bowie, Maryland. This season, we will finally get a look at the four-star recruit.
At just over 6’-6’’, Harvey can play guard or forward positions, though he will likely be more of a guard given his strong shooting abilities, and will fit right in with Brey’s high-flying offense. Harvey shined against some of the best competition on the east coast during his time at DeMatha High School, and looks like he can make an immediate contribution at the college level when we finally tip off in November.
3 Things to Know About D.J. Harvey:
- Widely ranked as the top recruit in Maryland, Harvey was the only get for Brey in the 2017 class, and one of his biggest as coach of the Irish. Harvey was consistently ranked a top 50 recruit in the nation, and carries plenty of promise
- Harvey started for DeMatha as a freshman, becoming the first DeMatha player to do so since this guy Adrian Dantley did it in 1969. Irish hoops fans may have heard of him. Former Irish star Jerian Grant is also a DeMatha alum
- Sports Illustrated ranked Harvey as the eighth best shooting guard in the country. Not too shabby
YouTube Hot Fire:
Try to watch his senior highlight video and not get excited. I dare you.
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D.J. Harvey, leaving defenders spinning on turntables
The Irish lost a chunk of their offensive production with the departures of V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia, and need to slide some effective shooters into their rotation. Harvey certainly fits that mold, but Brey has also been known to cautiously ease his freshmen into playing time. However, Harvey is no ordinary freshman.
The Irish backcourt currently belongs to Matt Farrell and T.J. Gibbs, with Rex Pflueger likely to have an increased role this year. Given Harvey’s promise and undeniable talent, we should expect to see Harvey coming off the bench like Gibbs did last season as a freshman. His performance will obviously determine his workload, but for now we are excited to see what the kid can do on the floor.