PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY – A few county basketball players recently made commitments to universities. Here is some info on the local commits. D.J. Harvey, DeMatha DeMatha’s D.J. Harvey, ESPN’s 10th ranked small forward, is off the board after he committed to the University of Notre Dame and Head Basketball Coach Mike Brey. Harvey made his […]
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY – A few county basketball players recently made commitments to universities. Here is some info on the local commits.
D.J. Harvey, DeMatha
DeMatha’s D.J. Harvey, ESPN’s 10th ranked small forward, is off the board after he committed to the University of Notre Dame and Head Basketball Coach Mike Brey. Harvey made his decision to play for the Fighting Irish on Sept. 20.
“I chose Notre Dame because of the academics. They have the No. 1 business school in the country. That’s what I want to major in,” Harvey said.
The Irish commit averaged 12.2 points-per-game last season and helped his team finish with a record of 32-5. Harvey said Brey has big plans for him when he arrives on campus next season.
“The relationship I have with the coaching staff is great and I built a great relationship with Coach Brey especially over the last two years,” Harvey said. “I plan to come in as a freshman, making a big impact and producing right away. I want start as a freshman and be that go-to guy.
“They will hold me to high standards and push me to be the best. Also, their history with past DeMatha guys has been good. I feel going to Notre Dame will help me achieve my goal of going to the NBA quicker.”
Deion Hammond, Riverdale Baptist
Riverdale Baptist star Deion Hammond is now a Hawk. Hammond made his decision to go to Monmouth University on Sept. 24.
“I can see myself fitting in well with people, coaches and players,” Hammond said. “I also like the distance from home and the fact that it is on the beach.”
Hammond will look to lead this year’s young Crusaders squad as he and Cyril Ogbuagu are the only two seniors returning to this year’s team. Upon committing to Monmouth, Hammond established a close relationship with Head Coach King Rice.
“I have a pretty good relationship with Coach King, Coach (Duane) Woodward and the rest of the coaching staff,” Hammond said. “I’m looking for those relationships to grow over time.”
Izaiah Dickerson, Eastern HS
Izaiah Dickerson is one of the more underrated players in the area as his play has become more prominent during his last AAU season with the “Metro All-Stars.” Dickerson only played one year of high school at Eastern High School.
“There were times when I thought I wouldn’t be able to get a chance to play at the next level, but my family, teammates and coaches encouraged me,” Dickerson said.
On Sept. 23, Dickerson made his commitment to Livingstone College. Livingstone was the only school to offer him a scholarship among several other junior colleges.
“I didn’t really know anything about Livingstone until my dad and my coach spoke about them,” Dickerson said. “When they mentioned Livingstone won back-to-back CIAA Championships and played high-level competition like the Duke Blue Devils. That’s the type of competition I wanted and need.”
Dickerson, who also goes by the name “Ike,” is doing a prep year at Capitol Christian Academy this year. During a workout this year where college coaches were in attendance, Livingstone spotted the 6-foot-1 guard with tremendous athleticism.
“The assistant coach from Livingstone came to one of our workouts,” Dickerson said. “There is a lot of talent on our team, but he wanted me to be a member of their program.”