Accustomed to standing out in a crowd, Harvey was one of 13 grandchildren raised by his grandmother, Mary Knighton, in Shellman, a rural town of 1,162. His standout season has culminated with a Final Four berth for the Gators.
Though just a rookie, Harvey has been a noticed on a Florida team that features seven freshman or sophomores in the Gators' 10-player rotation. The hustling Harvey, whose long arms give him a wingspan estimated at 90 inches, leads the Gators in rebounding with 7.0 boards per game.
Called "Dennis Rodman without the tattoos," Harvey's rebounding is instrumental to the Gators' running style. His rebounding and shot-blocking ability help trigger Florida's fastbreak. He can also control the boards on the offensive end. He leads the Gators with 93 offensive rebounds on the year.
"The best part of his game is the way he rebounds, defends and scores around the basket," says Florida head coach Billy Donovan. "He plays every possession inside - that is what he does. He competes inside, chasing balls and rebounds, and that is what he does well."