Krysten Peek sits down with the top 3 player in the 2024 class, Dylan Harper. Harper breaks down his final schools and a decision timeframe at the USA Basketball U19 tryouts and training camp.
KRYSTEN PEEK: I'm Krysten Peek here with Dylan Harper. We're at the U19 USA basketball tryouts. Dylan, you are one of the younger players playing. there's a lot of competition out here. How has the first couple of days been?
DYLAN HARPER: Well, it's been great. Great competition. Everyone's playing hard, competing. At the end of the day, just for me getting my teammates involved is really the main thing and playing the right way.
KRYSTEN PEEK: OK. And for you specifically at the guard position, who's impressed you and what's been some of your favorite match-ups?
DYLAN HARPER: Oh, probably my favorite match-up is always played against Jeremiah Fears.
KRYSTEN PEEK: OK.
DYLAN HARPER: No, Jeremy Fears, my bad.
KRYSTEN PEEK: Jeremy.
DYLAN HARPER: Jeremy Fears. Yeah because, no, every time I play against him it's always a dogfight. I know he's going to come at me and I'm going to come at him. Someone else has surprised me was Kylen Boswell. He's nice.
KRYSTEN PEEK: I know. Well, Kylen, re-classed obviously. He didn't do a lot at Arizona this year. But just in his physicality, you would say?
DYLAN HARPER: Just like his playmaking ability. His ability to pass the ball to anyone who is open. His ability to score, ability to play defense, and just be an overall team leader. It really helps.
KRYSTEN PEEK: Yeah. NBA guys are coming tomorrow, NBA scouts. What are you hoping to show them and your growth in your game?
DYLAN HARPER: Probably besides my playmaking ability and being able to like get to the rim, get to the paint. Probably my defense. Showing them I can really guard one, two, three, you know, 94 feet. A lot of that.
KRYSTEN PEEK: OK. On the recruitment front, how's that whole process going?
DYLAN HARPER: It's been going great.
KRYSTEN PEEK: Yeah. And you're down to a final five, right? So we've got Rutgers, which is your hometown school, Duke, Indiana, Auburn, and Kansas. What was it about those five schools that separated them from everyone else?
DYLAN HARPER: I think it was really the coaching staff. Coaching staff calls me-- all coaching staff calls me, texts me--
KRYSTEN PEEK: They make you a priority.
DYLAN HARPER: Yeah. They make me a priority and just ask how I'm doing, give me tips and pointers. Just the overall family they have at their schools.
KRYSTEN PEEK: With Rutgers I know your brother played there. And they were in very early. What's been their message to you just to come in and be a hometown kid and be the hometown hero?
DYLAN HARPER: Probably just they're not recruiting me for my brother, they're recruiting me for me. So it's like every time I go there, it's always like big welcoming. Just letting me know like if I go here we're going to do great things at home.
KRYSTEN PEEK: What were the battles on the court between you and your brother like growing up?
DYLAN HARPER: Oh, man. Just still to this day a lot of fouling. A lot of fouling. But just playing him makes me tougher, stronger. Mentally just better at playing the game, reading reads. Because he's so big and strong. He's at the level I want to be at.
KRYSTEN PEEK: Is he recruiting you at all to Rutgers or is he just letting you do this process on your own?
DYLAN HARPER: Yeah. He said, no, it's my own process, you know? Obviously like if I go to Rutgers he'll be the biggest supporter. But he says he's going to support me anywhere I go.
KRYSTEN PEEK: Duke I know is another school that you've been to and visited. What did you get out of that visit? And what do you like about what Jon Scheyer is building there?
DYLAN HARPER: I really like-- you know, they say the brotherhood a lot. But like when you really go visit there there's really a brotherhood. When I went there, everyone treated me like I was family. I got to do everything all the players got to do. Hang out, watch March Madness-- Midnight Madness, but stuff like that. So just the overall like love and giving that they have over there.
KRYSTEN PEEK: Indiana, they had four coaches running deep here. What's been their message to you and how you could come in and be an instant impact guy for them?
DYLAN HARPER: Probably just they said come here. Mike Woodson is going to make sure-- he's going to get me ready and prepared for the next level, which is a big thing for me.
KRYSTEN PEEK: Yeah. With Kansas I know you're going to probably plan to get there, right, at some point?
DYLAN HARPER: Yes, ma'am.
KRYSTEN PEEK: OK. And they, four coaches, again, were running deep for you in the morning session and then again here tonight. What do you like about Kansas? Because they've produced a lot of great guards in the NBA.
DYLAN HARPER: Yeah. Also great guards, but they're always winning. You always turn the TV on, they're always in the Elite 8, Final 4, March Madness. They're always winning at something. So just the winning, what Coach Self has done. They make it a great program.
KRYSTEN PEEK: With Auburn I know you said that the reason why these five schools were above everyone else was that relationship with the coaching staff. How was your relationship with Bruce Pearl? And what do you like about what he does?
DYLAN HARPER: I have a great relationship with him. I really love-- like he lets every guard play. Every guard that's been there, like Sharife guards like that. They really get in, he gives them the ball, and he lets them operate. And that's what I really love about him.
KRYSTEN PEEK: OK. Everyone wants to know, what's your decision time frame?
DYLAN HARPER: I probably won't commit to senior season.
KRYSTEN PEEK: OK. Like before it or during or what?
DYLAN HARPER: Probably either before or during. Yeah, one or the two.
KRYSTEN PEEK: OK. And when you're weighing the pros and cons of each program, what stands out to you the most?
DYLAN HARPER: Probably a pro is really just like how much they really take care of their players. Because every school, you know, they take care of their players. But the schools I picked in my five, I think really like go out their way to make sure every player is all right. Even if you're a walk on star player, role guy, they make sure everyone's OK.
KRYSTEN PEEK: Then from the NBA players, who do you watch a lot of and try to model your game after?
DYLAN HARPER: A lot of like big guards like me, so like Cade Cunningham, Luka Doncic, Shai Alexander. Guards like that. Really that like get out, run their team, and make plays.
KRYSTEN PEEK: OK. Well, Dylan, thank you so much for the update. We'll look for some more news as your recruitment progresses. And for more information on Dylan Harper keep it right here on Yahoo Sports.