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Harvey parts ways with SLU; joins Nicholls State

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief
Former DHS star Bianca Harvey in a game with Southeastern Louisiana University in her freshman season.

After one season of basketball at the Southeastern Louisiana University, former Donaldsonville High School star Bianca Harvey parts ways with the school, transferring to its in-conference foe Nicholls State University.

“At the end of the season I felt like I didn’t grow as a player in that one year,” Harvey said about transferring schools. “Your freshman year you’re supposed to grow and really get in the groove of being a college athlete and I felt like I didn’t get that there.”

Harvey, who averaged 21 points, six assists, four steals and two blocked shots per game in her senior year of high school, faced a limited role at SLU. She played in a total of 17 games and totaled 96 minutes and averaged 0.5 point per game. With her limited experience at the college level, she will also have to sit out her sophomore year due to the transfer, but she doesn’t think that’ll slow her progress.

“I’ve talked to the coaches and they let me know that I’m going to be the one that’s working more than the people who will play because I have to be ready for next season,” Harvey said. “So, I’m going to push extra hard because I don’t have to have my legs for the game so I can go extra hard everyday in practice.”

Harvey said she chose to stay in the Southland Conference and especially Nicholls State because she liked the coaching staff and “I felt comfortable with them.”

“I feel like that can be home away from home,” Harvey said.

As far as sitting out for her sophomore season she said it will be a good year to grow as a player, because “I feel like I didn’t get to do that at Southeastern.”

“Southeastern just wasn’t the place for me and hopefully at Nicholls I can just grow as a player and be the person I need to be on the court,” Harvey said.

The hardest part about leaving SLU was parting ways with her teammates whom she grew close to.

“We still keep in touch, they check on me to see where I’m going, but that was the biggest thing leaving them,” Harvey said. “That was the hardest thing to do.”

She said there isn’t any bad blood against the team at SLU and she doesn’t think they have ill feelings toward her being that she transferred to a conference foe.

“They just wanted to make sure I was happy where I was going to be because they knew what I was going through at Southeastern and not getting playing time,” Harvey said about her former teammates.

In January, SLU’s head coach Lori Davis told the Chief newspaper that Harvey was doing everything asked of her and that she recognizes Harvey’s hard work.

“(Harvey) comes in everyday and works hard, she gets her shots up, she does extra,” Davis said about Harvey in January. “She’s going to be fine.”

Now that the two sides are parting ways, Harvey said she hopes to carry that same work ethic over to Nicholls and “be the player I need to be.”