By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
When Adam Harvey played one of his best basketball games at McNary High School, he had no idea someone was sitting in the stands who could make his dreams come true.
Harvey had led the Celtics with 16 points, two rebounds, two assists, three blocks and three steals in a 70-62 win at West Albany when Linn-Benton Community College head coach Everett Hartman walked into the locker room.
“I didn’t know until after he walked in,” Harvey said. “I just happened to have a good game when he was there. He said he was willing to offer a scholarship.”
After considering all options, Harvey, who played with the Keizer Youth Basketball Association beginning in the fifth grade, signed with the Roadrunners in May.
“I’m really excited,” Harvey said. “I can’t wait to go play and showcase my skills and show everyone what I can do. I’ve been wanting to play college basketball since the beginning of high school.”
Harvey, a two-year starter at McNary, averaged 10.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals during his senior season.
He was voted to the All-Greater Valley Conference Second Team.
Harvey said McNary helped prepare him to become a student athlete in college.
“They really got me going with study habits and getting ready for college,” Harvey said. “That helped out a lot in order to keep my grades up to play basketball and not fall behind and make sure to prioritize.”
On the court, Harvey learned how to read defenses and when to shoot or pass.
Linn-Benton plays a similar style of basketball as McNary.
“From what I’ve seen, I’ve watched a couple of games and they like to run and shoot,” Harvey said. “That’s their main stuff, get up the court as fast as you can, get in the lane, if not, hit the easy pass and make the 3.”
Harvey’s favorite memories came in the summer at the University of Oregon Team Camp.
“We just had the whole team up there and we stayed up there for a couple of days,” Harvey said. “My favorite part is probably the water balloon fight. Those were great times.”
Harvey plans to major in engineering and after two years at Linn-Benton transfer to Oregon State.
“Hopefully I can walk on there or they can pick me up,” he said.