April 23, 1998
Tony Harvey, a 6-6, 205-pound forward from Cerritos Junior College in Cerritos, Calif., has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Utah and play basketball. The announcement was made today by Utah Head Basketball Coach Rick Majerus.
Last year at Cerritos, Harvey averaged 22.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.9 steals per game. He was ranked in the top five in the state in steals and in the top ten in scoring and rebounding. He shot 56 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line. He was twice named leage MVP and is a two-year All-State selection. Harvey was the first freshman in the history of the school to be name all-state. He led Cerritos to 54 wins in two years, two league titles and a quarterfinal berth in the state tournament this season. As a freshman Harvey averaged 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
This was only Harvey's third year of basketball. He attended Carson High School in Carson, Calif., where he was an outstanding wide receiver on the football team and only played basketball his senior year.
"Tony Harvey is coming to the University of Utah, first and foremost, because our academic reputation relative to junior college players speaks for itself," explained Majerus. "He is putting the emphasis where it most belongs, in the classroom. Although a good student in junior college, we expect him to excel with the outstanding background anyone from a California junior college brings to the table.
"Tony played for a coach who is very demanding and is a tremendous teacher," continued Majerus. "He understands being pushed and the fact that you have to play as a team. Coach Jack Bogdanovich is a legend in California junior college coaching circles and it is a privelege and a pleasure for me to have one his players, before this outstanding coach retires.
"Tony is an outstanding athlete," said Majerus. "His quickness, jumping ability, lateral movement, anticipation and body control will be apparent to everyone. I think he should become the finest defensive wing player in our league. There is no question he has the ability to take over where Drew Hansen left off."