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St. John's Boo Harvey Says Life Can't Get Any Better

March 11, 1990|SANDY KEENAN | NEWSDAY

The NBA has seen him as a prospect all along, said Brad Greenberg, director of player personnel for Portland. "The only concerns people have had is whether he'll be a consistent enough outside shooter when bigger guys are being double-teamed."

How high will he go in the draft? "That's hard to say because guards have a tendency to slide," said Ed Badger, director of operations for Charlotte. "Payton, Robinson and (LSU sophomore) Chris Jackson would be the only guys to hurt him. He does so many things for St. John's. Without him, they'd be hurting."

Despite the big shots and the 18.4 league average, Harvey still considers himself a true point man -- pass first, shoot second -- and probably always will. That's his personality. A coach's dream, said Carnesecca: "He dances with you, if you know what I mean."

Has fame changed Boo? "I'm more talkative now. Before, I was more shy," he said. "Playing well has made the difference."

Now, 12 credits stand in the way of Harvey becoming the first member of his family of nine to graduate from college. He needs Cs in his final four courses: computer science, algebra, a film course and Aspects of Communication.

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