OLATHE — Zach Harvey has continued to show everyone how much of a dominant player he truly is.
Harvey was in attendance at the Northern Exposure Preps invite-only Fall Ball Invitational that was played at Olathe East High School on Sunday.
Only the best in the area were invited and Harvey proved to be one of the best earning co-MVP honors in the 2019 class along with Richmond (Va.) Millwood Prep’s Isaiah Mosley as he averaged 17.3 points in three games.
“I think I did alright,” Harvey said. “I think I was pretty hot at the beginning with my shots, but I think I cooled down at the end but I think I overall, I did alright.”
When you think of a 6-foot-3 freshman, you think of someone down by the bucket at all times, grabbing rebounds and keeping defenders out of the paint. Harvey is the exception.
Once he receives the ball from an inbound pass after a made play form the opposing team, you can see him maneuver through his defenders, with cross-overs, behind-the-back dribbles or even through the legs to get the ball down the court. If no teammates are available, he will drive to the basket himself.
Harvey shined in the first of the event finishing with 26 points, five assists and three rebounds.
The second game was a bit tougher, as he was up against fellow Hayden teammate, DeShawn Hanika. Hanika did well defending him but Harvey was still able to come away with 13 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Three games in one afternoon can be a lot, but Harvey was able to finish strong in the third game with 13 points, three rebounds and one assist.
Last weekend, Harvey made an unofficial visit to Northwestern, which was the first college to show interest in him. Though not nervous, he was able to see where his future can take him.
“It was pretty fun and exciting,” Harvey said. “My first visit, that was like honestly one of my goals to be a part of to get to my dreams and I’m real excited about that.”
Harvey was in the Chicago area participating in the Pangos All-Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp where he was ranked as the 22nd-best player at the event that featured 180 players. During some free time he visited the Northwestern campus and meet the coaching staff.
“It was kinda cool to see how big a college is and see all the people there and the basketball team,” Harvey said.
North Carolina, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Kansas State have also showed interest in Harvey before his first game in high school following a strong summer playing with PowerGroup and participating in a number of high-level camps.
When asked about the upcoming Hayden season, Harvey was pretty excited about it:
“Definitely. I look forward to that a lot. I’m ready for that.”
Hayden begins its season on Dec. 11 at Basehor-Linwood.