Former Hayden standout Harvey commits to Cincinnati

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(WIBW) -- Former Hayden High School guard Zach Harvey has committed to play college basketball at the University of Cincinnati, via a post on Instagram.

Harvey is the No. 45 overall player in 247Sports class of 2019 composite rankings and is one of the highest-ranked basketball recruits for the Bearcats in a decade.

In his junior year at Hayden, Harvey averaged 23.1 points per game and helped lead the Wildcats to a state championship. The guard also held reported offers from at least 12 Division I programs including Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Creighton.

Harvey's recruitment took a hit in October 2017 when he was charged with unlawfully possessing a sexually explicit picture or video of a child under the age of 18 as well as promoting a 15-year old child to perform sexually explicit acts. Both charges are felonies.

He pleaded no contest to lesser charges of endangering a child and breach of privacy.

Harvey then transferred to Prolific Prep Academy in Napa, Calif., for his senior season.

Mike Bohn, director of athletics at Cincinnati, issued a statement about Harvey in response to his commitment:

"After a thorough review of the background and character of prospective University of Cincinnati men’s basketball student-athlete Zach Harvey, he signed a grant-in-aid agreement to enroll for the summer term at UC. Zach’s behavior two years ago while a 16-year old was not representative of the standards to which we hold our current student-athletes, but during a recent on-campus visit, he took full ownership of his actions without making any excuses.

"Zach recognizes it is a privilege to be a student-athlete at UC and it’s our expectation he will be an upstanding member of our campus community. We are working with Zach on a plan to ensure continued personal development along with his success as a student-athlete. We will hold him accountable to this process and work to evaluate his progress. He is aware of these expectations and accepts he will be held to an even higher standard than his peers and there will be zero tolerance for any behavior during his time at UC which is inconsistent with our department’s guiding principles. Zach is committed to earning the trust of his teammates, coaches, fellow students and athletics staff."