Power forward Jimmie Harvey is currently in his second year playing for the Grand Rapids Danger and has his mind set on playing overseas and has the drive and intensity to do so. Jimmie has played all over Michigan at more schools than most, so he knows a thing or two about team culture and dynamic. The Danger is where he has found his niche to perform at a level that can get him where he wants to go. The Michigan native is ready to put it all on the line and make his dreams a reality.
Early life and School
Q: When did you start playing basketball?
A: I started playing in the 5th grade and then kept on playing. My sister got me involved the most, I was more of a football player before that.
Q: Tell me a bit about high school, you went to more than one, correct?
A: Yes, I went to three different high schools. I went to Kelloggsville, then to Godwin for a hot second and then I went to West Ottawa but went back to Godwin for my senior year.
Q: What college did you go to?
A: I went to a trade college and played for them. After that, I went to Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing. I played for them for three years and went to school for six.
Q: What was your area of study?
A: Interpersonal organizational communications. I can use that in my job now to get the most out of the people I’m working with by getting to know someone. I can provide the best opportunity to get the job done and know how we can help each other.
Transitioning to The Danger
Q: So, how long have you been playing for the danger?
A: Two years
Q: Tell me about your transition to the Danger. How did you hear about the team and what made you want to pursue signing with the Danger?
A: I had a lot of people tell me they [The Danger] had an open try out. I never knew there was a team in Grand Rapids. I was playing for the Lansing Sting at the time and was looking to move to a different team. The fusion was so off and on so I didn’t want to go there. I remembered we played against the Danger and they were really good. I had played a great game but they still beat us by a lot, they were a great team. I went to the tryouts and made it.
Q: Did it feel weird when you started playing with all these guys you had been playing against?
A: No, I looked up to them and it’s kind of a shock now that I'm playing with them, I’m playing with my role models. I love all my teammates, it’s just a wonderful moment.
Q: What have you enjoyed most so far playing for the Danger?
A: Really, it’s the opportunity to love the game with my family and go through the struggles with them and just pushing them on so they can get stronger in the game and in life. How I fight in games. that’s how I want them to fight in life.
Q: What is your most memorable basketball moment?
A: In college when we beat Grace Bible for the first time. I had put up 21 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. It was a big shock in basketball history in college. Grace dominated us in every sport from basketball to volleyball. It was just a relief to finally beat them.
Q: Do you have a pre-game ritual or routine?
A: Yeah, in the morning I usually go into the bathroom and play some music. I’ll take a long stretch for about 2-3 hours while I listen to classical music and motivational speeches by Eric Thomas. Then, I’ll go shoot around in a park. If we’re away at a game then I usually go for a run.
Q: Who is your favorite music artist/band?
A: Florida Georgia Line
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: LeBron James
Q: What is your favorite sports team to follow?
A: The Houston Texans and the Jags.
Q: Outside of basketball, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
A: I like to chill with my kids and hang out with a couple of my friends. I like to travel when I get the chance. Wednesday nights I like to go bowling, too.
Q: How many kids do you have?
A: I have two kids, a boy and a girl. They’re three and two and both are tall for their ages.
Q: Do they like to play basketball?
A: Oh yeah, my son is already dunking on his rim.
Q: What's something not a lot of people know about you?
A: Everything I touch I work hard at it. It doesn't matter what it is, I work at it nonstop and I don't quit.
Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, living or not, who would they be?
A: Dbo (Derek Brooks), LeBron James, and Kevin Hart.
2018 Season Goals
Q: What are your goals for this season playing for the Danger? Personally, and as a team?
A: Personally, my goal is to play overseas. I want to make my kids see that I'm not quitting my dream because I don't want them to quit on theirs. I want them to continue to push.
As a team, my goal is to win the championship. It’s something we should have done last year and it hurts that we didn't get that opportunity. I can see it in us and we have the work ethic. We’re going to bring 100% and this is how we push on and grow [from last year]. I want to show we continue to fight despite that.