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4-Star SF D.J. Harvey, No. 1 Player In Maryland, Commits To Notre Dame

D.J. Harvey, the top 2017 basketball recruit in Maryland, committed to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Harvey, who is ranked No. 44 in the class and No. 8 among all small forward by 247Sports, announced his decision this evening on Comcast Sports Network. He told Scout's Evan Daniels that his relationship with head coach Mike Brey was key in the decision.

"I’m going to Notre Dame and I chose Notre Dame because of the relationship that I have with the coaching staff and how interested and how devoted coach [Mike] Brey was in me through the whole process," Harvey said.

The Fighting Irish beat out Arizona, Duke, Louisville, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, UConn, Villanova, and his home-state Maryland Terrapins, which also made his top 10 list back in July.

Mike Brey was pretty pumped, and posted a fantastic GIF to Twitter to celebrate Harvey's decision.

Harvey is Notre Dame's first 2017 commit, which lands the Fighting Irish class at No. 40 in the nation and No. 7 nationally per 247Sports.

Notre Dame went 24-12 last season under Brey, reaching its second straight NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in March. In 2015, the Fighting Irish took home the ACC title. That team narrowly missed upsetting top-ranked Kentucky and heading to the Final Four.