It’s the summer of opportunity for Cedar Park guard Keaton Hervey, a 2017 prospect who is drawing interest from programs weekend after weekend.
The 6’6 guard has already received offers from Texas State, UT-Arlington, Indiana State and Sam Houston State, and more programs are actively recruiting him.
“Creighton came to watch me work out yesterday,” Hervey said. “I think that they might be giving me an offer soon. I’ve been hearing from Houston, Rice, and Boise State a lot, too.”
Hervey said his main contact with Creighton is assistant coach Steve Lutz, who he has been texting with periodically since last fall. Lutz is planning on making the trip to Indiana this weekend to watch Hervey play with Pro Skills in the Nike circuit.
“They haven’t really seen me play since last summer,” he said. “So I think they were just trying to see if I developed any at all, and I think if I have a good performance this weekend I might be getting an offer from them.”
Last summer, Hervey played in the adidas Gauntlet but didn’t find the competition to be as intense as he would’ve liked. Now in the Nike circuit, the athletic guard said he’s noticed a major difference in the talent he’s facing.
“With Nike, you’re playing against all those name-brand people, so it’s just really cool going against them,” he said. “Every team has like a 7-footer, it seemed like, so you have to be a little more crafty when you’re finishing. It was a lot more competitive, and there was way more coaches there. It was a lot bigger of a state, bigger circumstance. It’s really challenging. Nike is the closest thing right now to college basketball.”
As the weeks progress, Hervey is taking advantage of his final opportunities to make a positive impression on coaches from around the country. He said he is working on improving his jump shot and tightening up his ball handling skills in hopes of transitioning to the point guard position at the next level.
“I’ve been trying work on getting my handle down,” he said. “Having good decision making, being able to lead a team, having better leadership skills, and of course I’m going to continue working on my jump shot.”
The All-CenTex Player of the Year said he also will continue to build up his strength as he prepares for Division I basketball. Hervey will be a player to monitor this offseason with a likely influx of scholarships headed his way. Austin is a growing basketball hotspot, and Hervey is one of the area’s better prospects.