Nov. 21, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
It’s been a long and winding road for Florida State’s 6-11, 230 pound center, Trevor Harvey.
This season, Harvey is battling for the starting job at center.
But getting to this position in his basketball career has not been all blocked shots and dunks.
Trevor Harvey grew up on the Bahaman Island of Inagua. He played his first basketball game in the 11th grade when he moved to Freeport. Harvey’s first love was track, but when a late growth spurt hit, he made the choice to focus on basketball.
But there was one simple problem; the only high school in Inagua did not offer a competitive basketball team. Harvey took his “street-ball” game to Freeport Catholic where he led his team to a tournament championship and drew attention from Division I coaches. Harvey made the tough choice of leaving his family in the Bahamas to pursue a career in basketball and get an education as well.
Harvey enrolled at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa where he became one of the top five junior college centers in the nation.
Things did not come easily for Harvey. He had to learn every part of the game his first year. He also had trouble adjusting to college life in the United States. Being away from his family and friends was frustrating as well. While in junior college, Harvey made extreme improvements in his game and polished his raw talent and instincts. Playing “street-ball” in the Bahamas, of course, did not hurt. Harvey was able to grasp organized basketball very quickly. His 13 points, 6.5 rebounds and three blocked shots per game average for Marshalltown gave him the opportunity to sign with the Seminoles in May of 2001.
“I think organized basketball is easier than street-ball because everyone plays their role,” Harvey said.
Since joining the Seminoles, Harvey has adjusted extremely well to playing in a more competitive environment, and he loves the challenge.
“I was looking forward to the competition and I just tried to prepare myself,” Harvey said.
Harvey has made a comfortable home for himself in Tallahassee and his family and friends are still cheering for him in the Bahamas. Besides playing basketball in his free time, Harvey has various hobbies.
“One of my favorite things to do is just be outdoors. I love to go camping and fishing,” Harvey said.
Last season, Harvey capitalized on his limited playing time by averaging 3.1 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 4.2 points a game, including shooting an outstanding .548 from the field.
This season, Harvey and teammate Mike Matthews are one of the best big-man tandems in the ACC, and they lead a tough defense on a young Seminole team. Harvey is one of the lone seniors on Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s squad. He says he is ready to show his leadership.
“Coach Hamilton has a stronger emphasis on me this year and being a senior, he expects me to step up and teach the newcomers. Over the summer I stayed here and practiced on my inside post game and jump shot in my spare time. I feel real confident in making my shots,” Harvey said.
It is amazing to think how well Harvey has adjusted to the game of basketball in the United States in a short time. He brings a power game offensively and defensively to this Seminole team.
“Collectively, I feel my strengths are my jump shot and post moves which I’ve been practicing,” said Harvey. “Some other improvements in my game are learning several post techniques and guarding the post.”
Harvey’s improvements have been growing as fast as the excitement surrounding the arrival of coach Hamilton. Hamilton has a reputation of turning programs around, and he has already brought plenty of enthusiasm and work ethic to the entire program.
“Coach Hamilton tries to emphasize how the team needs to be unified and be a family. That is major to any team that is looking forward to having success,” Harvey said.
This year’s team is the first Seminole team to enjoy the new outstanding basketball practice facility, which stands next door to the Leon County Civic Center, the Seminoles’ home. A new head coach and a new basketball facility have generated a positive attitude for this year’s upcoming season.
“I have a great feeling we are going to surprise a lot of people. I think we belong up there in the top three in the ACC,” Harvey said.
Harvey accepts his leadership role and will have his opportunity to show the nation what he can do on the court. Harvey stands tall in the center of the lane and is not afraid of anyone.
“I am looking forward to this year’s season and I like the competition no matter where I go,” Harvey said.
After all, Harvey’s been waiting for this chance since his days at Freeport Catholic. Now it’s time to put everything together and leave it all out on the court.
By William Clark
Sports Information Student Assistant