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Conversation with 2017 Villanova, Georgetown target DJ Harvey

We caught up with the 2017 Big East target over the weekend at the Mary Kline Classic


A highly touted prospect from Alabama, who plays high school ball for Dematha Catholic High School in Maryland, had a successful spring with Team Takeover and he adjusted to playing with multiple players that are on his level, DJ Harvey is one the best players in the class of 2017. Harvey was at the Mary Kline Classic in the underclassmen game and was exceptional on both sides of the ball. Harvey discussed playing in the event described as "bigger than myself and basketball", which is true because the Mary Kline Classic is all about fighting cancer and raising money.

Harvey mentioned how big the spring was for him, but the one goal he had in mind for himself was to improve over all four sessions of the EYBL. That showed in Team Takeover's record because they had the best record in the division to qualify for Peach Jam in July. The smoothness of Harvey's game is really exceptional because he does not force shots, but he is really aggressive and always wants to attack the basket as much as he can. He can also shoot the ball really well from the perimeter and all over the court. The five-star recruit noticed that his game improved on both sides of the ball in many areas.

The one person who Harvey about the most is Chris Lykes, and both of them are really familiar with one another because they play twice a year and also met in the WCAC Championship and Gonzaga High (Washington DC) prevailed. Harvey was impressed with him because he has so much handle and when he scores, it comes so easy to him. His handles are really ridiculous and puts a lot of players on skates.

Harvey, who visited Villanova Sunday, told Big East Coast Bias that they have been recruiting him the ever since the 8th grade. The one thing that he is looking forward to is going to the campus and learning about the history of the school. Villanova's Big East rival, Georgetown, have been constantly in touch with him so it will be interesting to see who comes at him the hardest once he gets really serious and dives into the recruiting. DJ Harvey's dad told Big East Coast Bias that the Villanova visit "went very well."

Daren Harvey said, "[Villanova's] emphasis on education, the offensive philosophy, and their history with guards" were the highlights of his son's visit.

DJ Harvey has been impressed with one player and that is his high school teammate Markelle Fultz, who has been getting offers left and right of late because, until recently, he was not even playing varsity basketball, he was playing JV. So to see Fultz grow as much is he did and blow up, is making Harvey excited and proud. When Harvey was asked about what he is looking forward this summer, he laughed and said, "All the gear, and getting better."