Kearns boys basketball senior guard Jordan Harvey is learning a valuable lesson: Basketball is about more than just basketball. It is about commitment. It is about team.
"Here at Kearns, what we are trying to teach is bigger than basketball," head coach Dan Cosby said. "We are trying to teach them skills that will help them out in the real world."
About Jordan Harvey
Harvey leads Kearns in assists with 2.8 per game and steals with 2.6 per game. He ranks in the top 10 in class 5A in both categories.
He left the team, but was accepted back by his teammates after just one game.
Harvey has had at least five points, five assists and four steals in a game six times this season.
Right before Kearns’ game against Taylorsville on Jan. 27, Harvey quit the team. He said he wasn’t seeing eye to eye with some of the things the team was doing.
He attended the game at Taylorsville that night, but only as a spectator. Seeing that one game from the stands was enough to make him realize that maybe he had made a mistake.
"I never should’ve quit," Harvey said. "I’ve learned that quitting is never the answer. I missed playing."
Harvey truly thought he could have made a difference in that Taylorsville game, and he was probably right. At that point, Harvey ranked in the top 10 in Class 5A in assists and steals.
"I received a text message from him saying, ‘I could have guarded anyone on that team,’ " Cosby said. "I just responded by saying, ‘Quitters can’t guard anybody.’ "
That exchange must have sparked something in Harvey, because shortly thereafter, he asked to return to the team.
Cosby told Harvey that acceptance back would have to come from the principal and from the team.
"I apologized to my teammates for quitting on them," Harvey said. "They welcomed me back."
With his teammates’ forgiveness, Harvey was back on the team. It hasn’t been easy for him since he returned. Harvey’s role is drastically different now. He went from being a starter before to only playing a few minutes per game now. Cosby said he has to earn his way back onto the floor by being a good teammate.
Harvey knew his role wouldn’t be the same, so he is doing his best to help where he can in his limited minutes. In the three games since returning to the squad, he has totaled 8 points, three rebounds and one steal.
"One thing that I can do is bring energy," Harvey said. "I can do that and play hard on defense."
Even with a missed game and limited playing time, Harvey still ranks third in 5A in steals with 2.6 per game. He is eighth in assists with 2.8 per game.
Cosby said Harvey is learning from the experience and he has the ability to make a difference for the Cougars down the stretch.
"Jordan steps up our defense and makes us better there," Cosby said. "He can ultimately help us to make the state tournament."
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