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Creighton, Nebraska in the mix for national recruit Harvey

July 30, 2018

Creighton and Nebraska are among the schools battling for a commitment from Zach Harvey, a four-star prospect in the 2019 class ranked in the top 50 nationally.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Topeka, Kansas, has received scholarship offers from the Bluejays and Huskers. He also has offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Northwestern, Oregon, UCLA and Wake Forest.

He has visited Creighton, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Those three schools and Ohio State are making Harvey a priority.

He keeps in regular contact with Creighton assistant Preston Murphy and head coach Greg McDermott, saying he talks to them daily. He’s made “four or five” visits to Creighton.

“(Creighton) is a good family feeling, and the school is centered around basketball,” said Harvey, ranked No. 50 in the 247Sports composite. “They have a great tradition.”

He’s also been to Nebraska. Harvey spent a Saturday in Lincoln touring the facilities and catching a Husker football game in October 2016.

“I had a good time there,” Harvey said. “They have made me a priority, which I really respect. ... The campus is nice, and I liked the facilities. I really respect and talk to Coach (Tim) Miles a lot.”

Harvey hasn’t yet set a date to make his commitment.

“It will just be a gut feeling,” he said. “I haven’t thought about cutting down my list just yet. Sometime after the AAU season I will. I don’t have a timetable, but it will be sometime in the fall.”

Before he narrows his list of schools, Harvey will take one of his five allotted official visits. Creighton and Nebraska could be in the mix to get one.

“Right now the only visit I have set in stone is an official to Ohio State,” Harvey said. “I’m not sure when that will be just yet, but they will get one.”

Harvey was one of 24 players selected to the USA Basketball Junior National Select team in February. He received educational programming focused on topics such as recruiting, health and safety while experiencing the NCAA Final Four.

“I am obviously thankful for the opportunity,” he said. “It was a good chance to get out there and play with the best of the best and compete. It was an amazing experience.”

Harvey led Hayden High School to the Kansas Class 4A Division II state championship last season. He averaged 26 points in the state tournament, including 34 in the title game.

“I’m just a slasher and shooter,” he said. “I get to the basket when I need to and get my team involved. I can also get to the rim and create for others.”

He knows his best basketball is in front of him and is working on a handful of things to get better.

“Getting in the weight room and physically getting bigger are the two main things I’m getting better at,” he said. “Athletically, getting my body right and becoming more of a vocal leader, and my ball-handling and finishing around the rim more are also important.”

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