By Keara Donnelly
Junior 6-foot-0 forward Arielle Harvey has come all the way from Daytona State in Florida to make an impact for the Bonnies.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Harvey averaged 16.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season for the Falcons. She was named First Team Mid-Florida Conference and finished as the team’s leading scorer earning a selection to the All-State Regions 11X team.
In last Saturday’s exhibition loss to Edinboro, coming off the bench, Harvey scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and recorded a block in 17 minutes of play.
Reporter Keara Donnelly sat down with Harvey to get her thoughts on her inspirations, expectations and impressions about playing for the St. Bonaventure Bonnies.
When did you start playing basketball?
Harvey: I started when I was thirteen, but didn’t take it seriously until high school.
Did Your Family play?
Harvey: Actually, I was the only person in my family to play basketball. The rest of my family swam and played tennis.
Who was the most influential person in your life?
Harvey: My mom.
Which coaches helped you the most during your career?
Harvey: My first AAU coach Daphne Pierce-Smith and Texas Legends lead assistant coach (NBA D-League) Walter Pitts.
Why did you chose Saint Bonaventure?
Harvey: I liked the atmosphere. Since I’m from a city and not used to a small town I liked the close-knit community and how genuine everyone was.
What do you bring to the team?
Harvey: I bring a lot of athleticism, energy and scoring.
What are some rituals you have before the game?
Harvey: I always wear a headband and I never wear my hair up when I’m playing.
Who’s your favorite basketball player?
Harvey: LeBron James. He is the first one I really looked up to basketball -wise and is why I wear the number 23. Whatever team he is on, I follow. I love his all-around game and it is something I want in my game.
What are your thoughts on the Reilly Center?
Harvey: It’s lit and legendary.