Iowa Men's Basketball

Iowa men's basketball in final 2 for Notre Dame transfer

D.J. Harvey says it's Iowa or Vanderbilt

D.J. Harvey, then with Notre Dame, drives in this November 2017 game against Mount St. Mary's in Maui. (Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports)
D.J. Harvey, then with Notre Dame, drives in this November 2017 game against Mount St. Mary's in Maui. (Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports)

This is May, which means it’s the first of the three-straight slowest months on the college sports news calendar.

However, there’s really no such thing anymore. Take college basketball, for example. You have players who are early-entries for the NBA draft, waiting to see if they’re invited to the NBA Combine or G-League Elite Camp, or waiting to go and see if they’re good enough to either make the leap to the pros or a U-turn to their campuses.

Iowa State freshman Talen Horton-Tucker got a Combine invite. Many are pegging him a first-round pick. Not everyone, though, and only first-round draftees are guaranteed anything.

As for Iowa’s Tyler Cook and Joe Wieskamp, and Iowa State’s Marial Shayok and Lindell Wigginton? Stay tuned. I have yet to hear that any of them have received as much as an invitation to the G-League camp, which is more of a pre-pre-draft camp than anything. About 40 players will go to that on May 12-14 in Chicago, and a handful will then get invited to the Combine in that same city along with the 60 or so players who already have invitations.

The G-League camp may have that title, but it’s an NBA production.

How good to you have to be just to get a Combine invite? Really good.

There’s other news this time of year. Namely, transfers. Good news, as far as Iowa fans are concerned, came via Jeff Goodman of Stadium, who tweeted Wednesday that sophomore swingman D.J. Harvey, who just left Notre Dame, has narrowed his choices for his final two seasons to Iowa and Vanderbilt.

For all the jibber-jabber about high school recruiting, Harvey is a 6-foot-6 player who averaged 10.7 points last season for an ACC team. He is a former 4-star recruit.

So this is significant.

Harvey will have to sit out next season as a transfer. Maybe Wieskamp, who is doing the early-entry thing just for the experience this spring, will be ready to leave in earnest a year from now. Maybe. If so, having Harvey waiting in the wings wouldn’t at all be a bad thing.

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It’s purely coincidence, but two of Harvey’s top three scoring games were against Big Ten teams though he plays in the ACC. He scored 19 points against both Illinois and Purdue last season.

He made 35 of 117 3-pointers for 29.9 percent, and started in each of the 29 games he played for the 14-19 Fighting Irish, averaging 25.9 minutes.

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