JMU men's basketball adds guard from North Carolina

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Guard Jayvis Harvey has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the James Madison men's basketball team for the 2019-20 season, as announced by Head Coach Louis Rowe on Wednesday afternoon.

The 6-4 combo guard hails from Durham, N.C., where he has starred for both Southern Durham High School and Team Felton. Multiple outlets have ranked Harvey among the top 15 prep players in the state of North Carolina.

"We love Jayvis' size and athleticism at the guard position and we're very excited for him to join our family," Rowe said. "He is an incredibly tough player and somebody who very much relishes playing hard-nosed defense. He's extremely competitive, which I love about him, and he's a talented offensive player who can score at multiple levels for us. More than that, Jayvis has outstanding character and will help us keep building the culture we want to live by in our program."

Following his senior season, Harvey led Southern Durham in scoring and was named Second Team All-District 6 by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association. His performance earned him a spot in next month's RDU High School All-Star Game next month, an annual showcase for the top players in the Raleigh-Durham metro area.

Harvey will join a 2019 signing class that includes Michael Christmas, Mike Fowler, Quinn Richey and Julien Wooden, all of whom signed during the fall signing period in November, as the group bolsters a JMU team that is set to lose just one starter to graduation next season.