It is always a great time to see when players go from an unsigned senior to a committed prospect. If you have noticed over the past few months, Phenom Hoop Report has produced tons of unsigned senior reports, focusing on a few prospects that were still available.
Jayvis Harvey from Southern Durham was one of them but on Tuesday night, Harvey announced that he had committed to James Madison.
Harvey had a solid season as a senior for the Spartans, leading his team in scoring at 14.8 points per game and showing that he can be a true threat scoring wise on the floor. But his game goes much more than that, with Phenom Hoops saying this few months back.
“We’re talking about a strong, lengthy wing guard that can score from all three levels, defend multiple positions, rebound his position, and play tough, hard-nosed defense. In other words, Jayvis Harvey is a complete all-around player.
First of all, Harvey has the ability to grab and secure a defensive rebound, dribble it out and push tempo the entire length of the court where he can create for his teammates or take it to the rim in transition. We were equally impressed with his patience and ability to score within the team structure. Nothing is forced and all done within the framework of the game… Harvey has a soft shooting touch from the perimeter, a quick release with proper shooting mechanics, extension and follow through. While he is quite efficient with his perimeter shooting, he is superb in attacking the rim where he utilizes his excellent body control.”
Now, he is now taking his talent to James Madison, joining a class that already is impressive with Mike Fowler, Julien Wooden, Michael Christmas, and Quinn Richey.
So, what made the Dukes the place for Harvey?
“It feels great to finally make my decision and I think a lot that went into it was the coaching staff,” Harvey told Phenom Hoop Report. “The coaching staff showed a lot of love and I went down on an official visit and it felt like I belonged. Everybody knew who I was and it was just a great atmosphere.”
“What really went into my decision was a college that I will play right away and win. I’m used to winning and I want to win.”
The coaching staff at James Madison hopes to use Harvey in a variety of ways with his ability to score, his skill set, and his size.
“They think they can use me in several ways,” Harvey said. “I can score at all three levels against top talent and play defense. They got a kid that will put everything on the line to win.”
With his announcement and decision behind him, Harvey can now focus on developing and working on his game. He has hopes to get stronger and faster, helping him prepare to compete early on at the next level.
With his poise and mature approach on the court, Harvey will certainly be a name that can provide instant production for the Dukes.