There are acute differences in his appearance and in his game.

For instance, during the offseason, Mount St. Mary's University sophomore basketball player Mike Harvey let his hair grow out -- like he had it at Bermudian Springs High School only two years ago.

But similarly, he let his game prosper, too.

The sophomore, who walked on with the Mountaineers last year under head coach Milan Brown, has begun the season much in the same position he was as a freshman. Still, as The Mount (2-1) prepares for its next game against Niagara on Wednesday at Knott Arena, a game that precedes a seven-game road trip, Harvey continues to work with determination.

The evidence is in the build and in the shot.

Harvey, who worked at Hanover Honda full-time over the summer, extracted three hours out of his long days to hit the weight room and to put up at least 200 shots in the Hanover Area Family YMCA gymnasium ... every day.

At 6-foot-3 and a chiseled 175 pounds, Harvey has built his body into something that could handle the rigors of the NCAA Division I game. His shot, he says, is also in the position where it feels good coming off the fingertips on each attempt.

"I just did stuff that was set for us to do," Harvey said Saturday after The Mount's 63-44 win against Loyola. "And then basketball, I did a little individual workout myself, for the most part."

The sophomore, who left Bermudian Springs with 812 points, was given an early reward on Nov.


Advertisement

14.

In the Mountaineers' first game of the year against Oklahoma, which The Mount lost 95-71, Harvey was inserted into the game with 57 seconds left.

And on his first offensive possession, he found himself open on the perimeter. He let it go from behind the arc -- burying the first collegiate 3-pointer of his career.

"I guess the guys said I hesitated," Harvey said. "I hesitated at first, like I didn't want to shoot the ball. Then I made it."

Harvey, who was a two-time All-Area selection, appeared in 10 games last season and registered three points. He made his debut against Loyola (Md.) and tallied his first score against Long Island on Jan. 15.

cmull@eveningsun.com