CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- SIU's Ben Harvey sat out the 2019-20 after transferring from Eastern Illinois. Harvey scored 10 points per game for the Panthers and had a season high 29 points that season against SEMO.
I'm familiar with Harvey from his high school days. I watched him be a part of a special undefeated season with Jonesboro (Arkansas) High School. He was a key contributor on that team.
As we approach the SIU season, I asked Head Coach Bryan Mullins to share his thoughts on Ben and how his recent workouts have been coming along.
"Ben had a great sit out year, like we always say, it's not a sit out year, it's a year to get better" Mullins said. "That's what he did, starting with his body. He worked extremely hard on his body, improving his quickness, his verticality, his strength and offensively and defensively, his skill set I think he going to be ready to step in and play a big role for us right away. And like you said, Ben comes from a winning program, he won a state championship in high school. He had a great productive freshman season at Eastern Illinois so I think he is someone you can count on night in, night out to produce for you and for him it's going to be, is he ready to take that next step in terms of both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively and just getting his timing and his feel back. I think it is always hard initially after you don't have a live game for a year to just get into the flow of things."