TOPEKA (KSNT) – As high school basketball season quickly approaches, Hayden sophomore Zach Harvey is busy participating in tournaments and camps throughout the country.
“I don’t go for the hype. I just have to stay humble as a person and everything will fall into place,” said Harvey.
Despite just one year of high school basketball under his belt for the Wildcats, Hayden’s Zach Harvey is one of the best players, his age, in the entire country. Two weeks ago he was at a 16-and-under minicamp for the USA Junior National basketball team. He’s heading back in April to tryout.
“It’s outstanding,” said Harvey. “I’ve had great support from my family and friends and people in my corner always helping me out and it’s just been a tremendous experience. The competition, it was amazing. I’ve never played against people who are the best-of-the-best in the nation, and it was a great experience.”
Harvey has already received five Division I offers. That includes KU and K-State, as well as Creighton, Northwestern, and Iowa. It comes as no surprise to his head coach.
“I heard all kinds of things that he was going to be something special, and when we saw what he was able to do, as a 14-year-old, not only did he hold his own, but most of the time he was one of the best players on the floor,” said Hayden boys basketball coach Ted Schuler.
“Right now it’s just being the best person that I can be both on and off the court,” said Harvey.
Harvey has already traveled across the country participating in AAU tournaments and hoisting trophies. Now he wants to bring that success, and his well-polished game, back to the Wildcats.
“Zach is a great scorer, no doubt about it,” said Schuler. “But what people don’t get it how good of a passer he is. He wants to win. He knows that for him and his aspirations to move on, he needs to also hang banners and win championships.”
“As a kid I’m just dreaming about playing college basketball,” said Harvey. “But just to know that I’m able to do the things that I’m able to do is great. God has blessed me with everything that I’m able to do. It is a dream come true.”