Junior guard is the nation’s leading scorer and a candidate for the award recognizing the top shooting guard in NCAA Division I
Eastern Washington University’s Tyler Harvey – the leading scorer in NCAA Division I -- is among the 16 finalists selected by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for the 2015 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. The award recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball.
“Tyler is as good a shooter as you will find in college basketball,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. “I’m really glad to see him being recognized as the outstanding player he is. His work ethic is outstanding.”
A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 16 candidates. By early March, the current list of finalists will be narrowed down to five players. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2015 Jerry West Award will be presented at the new ESPN College Basketball Awards Show live from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, Calif., on Friday, April 10, 2015.
In NCAA statistics through Feb. 15, Harvey leads NCAA Division I in both scoring offense (23.4 points per game) and 3-pointers per game (4.23). The junior guard is also fourth in 3-point shooting percentage (45.8 percent) and 23rd in free throw percentage (.873). He leads the Big Sky in scoring, 3-pointers per game and free throw percentage.
Three times this season Harvey has been honored as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, and once he has been honored as Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the United States Basketball Writers Association of America. He was also selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team and is now on the voting list for Academic All-America accolades.
Harvey was also picked as the “deadliest 3-point assassin” in the nation by bleacherreport.com, and he and the Eagles have also been featured this winter by the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo! Sports, Slam! Magazine and SB Nation.
2015 Jerry West Award Finalists
Tyler Haws, Brigham Young University
Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington University
James Blackmon Jr., University of Indiana
Sheldon McClellan, University of Miami
Rashad Vaughn, UNLV
Trevor Lacey, North Carolina State University
Jerian Grant, University of Notre Dame
D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State University
Buddy Hield, University of Oklahoma
Joseph Young, University of Oregon
D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s University
Chasson Randle, Stanford University
Malcolm Brogdon, University of Virginia
Ron Baker, Wichita State University
Marcus Thornton, College of William & Mary
E.C. Matthews, University of Rhode Island
More on the Jerry West Award . . .
Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor is in its inaugural year and recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball.
“As one of the best jump shooters to play the game, Jerry West’s drive for perfection is what set him apart,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “He is a basketball icon and we are delighted to be awarding this honor in his name.”
Jerry West attended West Virginia University and averaged 24.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game in his three varsity seasons. He led his team to the NCAA Championship game in 1959 and was named a consensus All-American in 1959 and 1960. In the summer of 1960, he was co-captain of the U.S. men’s basketball team and won an Olympic gold medal. As a professional player, West played fourteen seasons in the NBA with the Lakers making the All-NBA First Team ten times. West won an NBA championship in 1972 and was named the NBA Finals MVP in 1969 despite his team not winning the championship. In 1996, he was named a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
“I’m honored to be associated with this award” said Jerry West, a 1979 inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The sixteen shooting guards on this list have worked extremely hard to get to this point and it’s nice to see the Basketball Hall of Fame recognize them for their efforts.”
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More on Tyler Harvey . . .
* Harvey is also on the watch list for the Lou Henson Award given to the nation’s top mid-major player. In EWU’s first two games of its 3-0 homestand in January, Harvey scored 61 points to earn co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors from the league office, as well as the same honor by himself from Collegeinsider.com. His performances included a 35-point outing against Northern Colorado on Jan. 22, which was his fourth of at least 30 this season and 10th of his career (three versus UNC). Harvey is averaging 18.1 points, 2.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in his 74-game career thus far (57 as a starter), making 225-of-508 3-point attempts for 44.3 percent.
* He suffered a quadriceps contusion in the first half against Idaho on Jan. 31 and sat out the three games after that. He had a season-low 13 points in 28 minutes versus Idaho after missing the last 7:31 of regulation and overtime in the 98-95 come-from-behind Eagle win. He returned versus Portland State on Feb. 14 and scored 22 points thanks to perfect 10-of-10 free throw shooting, but he was only 5-of-15 from the field (2-of-13 from the 3-point stripe) in the 68-66 loss.
* Harvey is climbing EWU’s single season 3-pointers list, with 93 this season to rank third in school history. Harvey holds the school record with 109 a year ago (second in league history), and Shannon Taylor made 103 in the 1998-99 season. Earlier this season, Harvey broke the school record for career 3-pointers made, with a current total of 225 to eclipse the previous record of 184 set by Marc Axton (2002-05). His 508 attempts is also a record, breaking the previous mark of 499 by Axton. Harvey is the 17th player in Big Sky Conference history to make at least 200 and is currently 12th in league history (10 away from ranking 11th). He is currently the school record holder for career free throw percentage (85.4 percent), and is third for career scoring average (18.1) and third in 3-point shooting accuracy (44.3 percent). Harvey has had 36 performances in his career with at least 20 points and 10 with at least 30, and has scored in double figures in 33-straight games (total of 59).
* Harvey has now averaged 21.7 points per game in his last 61 games as an Eagle after averaging 1.3 points in his first 13 outings. In fact, his one-year improvement of 14.1 points per game from his freshman to sophomore seasons ranked third in the nation. In EWU’s last eight games of the 2012-13 season, he scored 132 points (16.5 average) on 55 percent shooting from the field (52-of-94, including 20-of-44 3-point attempts). In the first 13 games he played as a freshman, Harvey scored just 17 points (by contrast, in the first 13 games in the 2013-14 season he scored 261 with an average of 20.1 per game). In his freshman season, he played in 21 of EWU’s 31 games and averaged 14.0 minutes and 7.1 points per game. As a sophomore, he averaged 21.9 points and 37.4 minutes in starting all 31 EWU games.
Story on EWU Becoming America’s Favorite Team: http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2015/1/27/7922505/eastern-washington-basketball-2014-15-ncaa-tournament-tyler-harvey
Story on Tyler Harvey by Zach Helfand of the Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-tyler-harvey-20150216-story.html
Story on Tyler Harvey by Yahoo! Sports: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/how-tyler-harvey-went-from-zero-scholarships-to-the-nation-s-leading-scorer-184409702.html
Story on Tyler Harvey Listed as the Top 3-Point Shooter in the Nation: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2340158-ranking-the-deadliest-3-point-assassins-in-college-basketball-in-2014-15/page/12
Story on Tyler Harvey in SLAM! Magazine: http://www.slamonline.com/college-hs/college/tyler-harvey-eastern-washington/
Story on Tyler Harvey by Lindsay Joy from SWX/KHQ TV: http://www.swxrightnow.com/story/27853836/from-unknown-to-unmistakable-the-story-of-ewus-tyler-harvey