D.J. Harvey waited until an unusual juncture — 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time on a Tuesday night — to announce where he’ll attend college and play basketball. But a certain fan base in Indiana probably won’t mind the proclamation’s timing.
The top-100 recruit pledged to attend Notre Dame, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Borzello, giving the Irish one of the nation’s best players in the class of 2017.
This comes after Mike Brey conducted an in-home visit to Harvey’s Maryland home, and the longtime coach’s closing efforts look to have proved seminal. A 6-foot-6 wing out of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., Harvey was also strongly considering Connecticut, Alabama and Texas, so proximity to home clearly wasn’t too important to the high school senior talent.
“I’m going to Notre Dame and I chose Notre Dame because of the relationship that I have with the coaching staff and how interested and how devoted coach [Mike] Brey was in me through the whole process,” Harvey said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com.
“I had a rough summer, but he was always there. He was at every session and every camp, everything. He really just put forth the effort. I just feel like that’s the right place and I can contribute right away.”
Harvey ranks as ESPN.com’s No. 47 overall prospect for ’17 and 44th in the opinion of recruiting-based website 247Sports.com. Rivals tabbed him as a four-star recruit, one of the highest-end four-stars in the country. He visited Alabama most recently, making the trip to Tuscaloosa last weekend, and trekked to South Bend, Ind., the week prior. Harvey covered his bases and regions by also making an official visit to Texas.
This is Brey’s first recruit in the 2017 class, and according to Rivals — which ranks him 51st in the country — he’s the fourth-highest-ranked player in the site’s history to sign with the Fighting Irish. Torin Francis, a five-star man in 2002, Cameron Biedscheid (four-star, No. 28 in 2012) and recent NBA draft pick Demetrius Jackson (four-star, No. 38 in ’13) outflank Harvey.