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Harvey Invited To NBA Draft Combine

Tyler Harvey will join 61 other players at the NBA Draft Combine next week. (Photo: EWU) Tyler Harvey will join 61 other players at the NBA Draft Combine next week. (Photo: EWU)

by EWU Athletics

The news keeps getting better all the time for former Eastern Washington University men's basketball player Tyler Harvey.

The former Eagle sharpshooter is on the list of 62 players invited to the National Basketball Association Draft Combine, which will take place in Chicago from May 12-17.

“Tyler has told me he is really excited about the combine,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. “His workouts are going great. He has an excellent agent and great insight from his parents. I am eager to see how it all unfolds.”

Since he declared for the draft on April 1, Harvey's stock has been steadily rising. In a May 7 mock draft published by bleacherreport.com, Harvey is listed as being taken 27th in the draft by the Los Angeles Lakers through a trade with the Houston Rockets. The story focused on Harvey as one of the top three shooters in the draft (Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky and Georgia State's R.J. Hunter are the other two) and quoted ESPN.com's Chad Ford as saying:

“He's the closest thing I've seen to a young Stephen Curry, and I think his backstory points to a young man who, like Curry, will keep working on and improving his game to the point that he can be something special.”

Harvey was also recently featured on the NBA.com in a story by Chris Dortsch. It may viewed HERE: http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/chris_dortch/04/10/tyler-harvey-eastern-washington-guard-profile-2015-nba-draft/

The NBA Draft is June 25 and will be broadcast live on ESPN.

“Again, don't bet against Tyler,” added Hayford. “He is an elite shooter and an elite person.”

Harvey was a walk-on to the Eastern program in the fall of 2011 in Hayford's first year as head coach. After a redshirt season and playing sparingly in EWU's first 13 games, he was a high-scoring mainstay for the Eagles in the final 71 games of his 84-game career (67 as a starter). He led NCAA Division I in scoring (23.1) and 3-pointers made per game (4.00) in the 2014-15 season.

Rodney Stuckey, who recently concluded his eighth season in the NBA, was drafted 15th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2007 NBA Draft, where he spent his first seven seasons as a pro before moving to the Indiana Pacers this season. Besides Stuckey, Ron Cox is the only previous NBA draftee from Eastern. He was a sixth-round draft choice by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1977, but did not play in a regular season NBA game because of reconstructive surgery on his left ankle.

Because of Harvey's early departure, Cox will remain Eastern's all-time leading scorer a bit longer. He had 1,741 points from 1974-77, with Harvey right behind with 1,564. Stuckey scored 1,438 in two seasons (fifth all-time), including 726 in 2006 to set the school record broken by Harvey with 738 this season. Stuckey had the third-most points in school history with 712 in 2007 and Harvey is fourth with 677 in 2014.

Invited Players to NBA Draft Combine Player College/Club

Cliff Alexander, Kansas

Justin Anderson, Virginia

Brandon Ashley, Arizona

Ryan Boatright, Connecticut

Devin Booker, Kentucky

Anthony Brown, Stanford

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse

Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame

Quinn Cook, Duke

Branden Dawson, Michigan State

George de Paula Pinheiros, (Brazil)

Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

Michael Frazier II, Florida

Treveon Graham, VCU

Jerian Grant, Notre Dame

Olivier Hanlan, Boston College

Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

Andrew Harrison, Kentucky

Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington

Corey Hawkins, UC-Davis

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona

Jonathan Holmes, Texas

Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green

R.J. Hunter, Georgia State

Vince Hunter, UTEP

Mouhammadou Jaiteh Nanterre, (France)

Dakari Johnson, Kentucky

Stanley Johnson, Arizona

Tyus Jones, Duke

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Kevon Looney, UCLA

Trey Lyles, Kentucky

Jarell Martin, LSU

Chris McCullough, Syracuse

Jordan Mickey, LSU

Larry Nance, Wyoming

Kelly Oubre, Kansas

Cameron Payne, Murray State

Terran Petteway, Nebraska

Bobby Portis, Arkansas

Norman Powell, UCLA

Michael Qualls, Arkansas

Chasson Randle, Stanford

Terry Rozier, Louisville

D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State

Keifer Sykes, Wisconsin-Green Bay

TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma

Marcus Thornton, William & Mary

J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina

Myles Turner, Texas

Robert Upshaw, Washington

Rashad Vaughn, UNLV

Chris Walker, Florida

Dez Wells, Maryland

Aaron White, Iowa

Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara

Justise Winslow, Duke

Christian Wood, UNLV

Delon Wright, Utah

Joseph Young, Oregon

More About Harvey - Eastern Washington University junior guard Tyler Harvey was selected by Associated Press on March 30 as an honorable mention All-America selection after his record-breaking season as the leading scorer in NCAA Division I. He became the third player in EWU's 32 seasons as a member of NCAA Division I to earn honorable mention All-America honors from Associated Press. Alvin Snow was the first in 2004, and Rodney Stuckey was chosen in 2006 and 2007. Stuckey, who now plays for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA, was also an Academic All-America selection in 2007.

Previously in the 2014-15 season, Harvey was a first team Academic All-America selection, and was a repeat member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 squad – earning first team accolades this season after second team honors as a sophomore.

Harvey was also one of 16 finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year, and is also one of 31 finalists for the Lou Henson Award given to the nation's top mid-major player. As a result, he was recognized on the Lou Henson All-America team.

In addition, Harvey was a first team selection on the All-Big Sky Conference team for the second-straight season. He helped the Eagles close the year 26-9 on the season after finishing 14-4 in the Big Sky Conference to share the regular season title with Montana. Eastern swept through three games in the Big Sky Conference Tournament to garner the school's second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. The Eagles finished with program bests for victories overall (26), in the Big Sky (14), on the road (11) and in non-conference play (9) in 32 seasons as a member of NCAA Division I.

A junior from Torrance, Calif., Harvey led NCAA Division I with a 23.1 scoring average, and closed the year with Big Sky and EWU single season records for season 3-pointers with 128. His 738 points were a school record and ranked fourth in league history.

In addition, Harvey was selected as the MVP of the Big Sky Conference Tournament after averaging 23.0 points, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game in three games while making 10-of-24 3-point shots (41.7 percent) and 22-of-43 overall (51.2 percent). Jois was also selected to the all-tournament team after averaging 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per outing while making 16-of-24 shots from the field for 66.7 percent.

In equaling the Big Sky Tournament record with 42 points against Idaho, Harvey had his fifth game of the season and 11th of his career with at least 30 points, and his 40th-straight game scoring in double figures (snapped when he scored nine versus Sacramento State the next night). His 42 ranks third in school history behind the 45 of Rodney Stuckey (versus Northern Arizona on 1/5/06) and 44 of David Peed (versus UC Irvine on 12/13/88). His 42 points tied the tourney record of 42 set by Anthony Johnson of Montana in 2010, and passed the 38 Stuckey had versus Portland State in 2006, which now ranks fourth all-time.

In NCAA statistics through March 30, Harvey led NCAA Division I in scoring offense (23.1 points per game) and 3-pointers per game (4.00), and was 14th in 3-point shooting percentage (43.1 percent) and 44th in free throw percentage (.852).

Besides his on-the-court achievements, Harvey was selected on Feb. 26 as a first team selection on the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America® team for NCAA Division I as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Harvey was one of five players to be named to the first team, and is EWU's initial first team selection in school history. He has a 3.60 grade point average as a communications studies major. Eastern has had just three other Academic All-America selections since moving from the NAIA to the NCAA in the early 1980's. Rodney Stuckey, now playing for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA, was a third team selection in 2007 as EWU's first-ever selection as a member of Division I. Dave Henley, a graduate of Shadle Park High School in Spokane, earned second team accolades in 1982 and was a third team pick in 1981 when EWU was in NCAA Division II. On Feb. 25, Harvey was the recipient of a "Keeper of the Dream" award from EWU's Africana Studies department.

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