By Joe Henricksen
Eastern Illinois will be adding another Chicago area product to a program that has recruited the city, suburbs and the state of Illinois hard the past few years. Cameron Harvey, who transferred from St. Joseph to Wheaton Academy this school year, committed to coach Mike Miller and the Panthers on Saturday.
Harvey, who visited the Charleston campus this weekend, is a strong, big-bodied 2-guard who should thrive in the Ohio Valley Conference. He showed improved and polished perimeter skills, including a more consistent jumper, while playing with NLP on the travel team circuit this past summer when healthy.
In November of 2009, Harvey gave a verbal commitment to Wyoming when he was considered among the top 20 prospects in the Class of 2012 in Illinois. He opened up his recruitment last summer when he de-committed. Harvey is currently among the top 35 prospects in the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s Class of 2012 player rankings and poised for a breakout season this winter for Wheaton Academy.
The Eastern Illinois basketball program already includes Chicago area products in Jeremy Granger of Elgin, Morris Woods of Argo, Alfonzo McKinnie of Chicago (Marshall) and Malcolm Herron of Downers Grove South. Miller and his staff, including assistants Barron Thelmon and Chad Altadonna, continue to target Illinois and make the state a recruiting priority.