Another Eastern First! Tyler Harvey is Academic All-America First Team Selection

Another Eastern First! Tyler Harvey is Academic All-America First Team Selection

Junior guard honored for academic and athletic achievements by Capital One and CoSIDA, and is EWU's first-ever first team selection with just the fourth honor won in school history

 

Achieving a first in Eastern Washington University men's basketball history, Tyler Harvey has been selected 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 is one of five players to be named to the first team, and is EWU's initial first team selection in school history. The guard from Torrance, Calif. (Bishop Montgomery HS '11) has a 3.60 grade point average as a communications studies major, and currently leads NCAA Division I in scoring at 22.8 points per game.

"What a great honor for a great person," said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. "I am very happy for Tyler to be recognized as a student and a player. To be called an Academic All-American is something he will be able to carry with him through all facets of life. We are extremely proud of him."

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.

Harvey has already earned Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors as a freshman and sophomore, and earlier this winter was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team. Recently, he was the recipient of a "Keeper of the Dream" award from EWU's Africana Studies department.

 He 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, and is also on the Watch List for the Lou Henson Award given to the top mid-major player.

Most importantly, he has helped lead the Eagles to a 20-7 record for the school's first 20-win season as a member of the Big Sky and only its second in 32 seasons as a member of NCAA Division I. Eastern is 11-3 in the Big Sky and plays Montana State (Thursday) and Montana (Saturday) in its final push to win the league's regular season title.


2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America Men's Basketball Team

FIRST TEAM

School

Yr.

Hometown

GPA

Major

Tyler Harvey

Eastern Washington

Jr.

Torrance, Calif.

3.60

Communication Studies

Chasson Randle

Stanford

Sr.

Rock Island, Ill.

3.35

African & African-American Studies

Shavon Shields

Nebraska

Jr.

Olathe, Kan.

3.73

Biological Sciences

Matt Townsend (3)

Yale

Sr.

Chappaqua, N.Y.

3.98

Molecular, Cellular & Develop. Biology

Thomas van der Mars (3)

Portland

Gr.

Gouda, The Netherlands

3.95

Operations & Technology Mgmt. / MBA

 
 
 
 
 
 

SECOND TEAM

School

Yr.

Hometown

GPA

Major

Alex Barlow

Butler

Sr.

Springboro, Ohio

3.75

Finance

Canyon Barry

Charleston

So.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

4.00

Physics

Wayne Blackshear

Louisville

Sr.

Chicago, Ill.

3.40

Communication

Marcus Paige (2)

North Carolina

Jr.

Marion, Iowa

3.39

Journalism / History

Levi Randolph

Alabama

Gr.

Madison, Ala.

3.45

Marketing of Masters

 
 
 
 
 
 

THIRD TEAM

School

Yr.

Hometown

GPA

Major

Craig Bradshaw

Belmont

Jr.

Ridgetop, Tenn.

3.51

Public Relations

Johnny Dee

San Diego

Sr.

Vista, Calif.

3.49

Business Administration

Mike Gesell

Iowa

Jr.

South Sioux City, Neb.

3.93

Finance

Jordan Gregory

Montana

Sr.

Pueblo, Colo.

3.69

Psychology

John Kopriva

George Washington

Sr.

Milwaukee, Wis.

3.93

Chemistry

Nigel Williams-Goss

Washington

So.

Happy Valley, Ore.

3.74

Pre-social Science

 

Academic All-America® of the Year:  Matt Townsend, Yale

The five members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I men's basketball first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.72.

(2) - Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Second Team selection in 2013-14

(3) - Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Third Team selection in 2013-14

 

More on Tyler Harvey . . .

* 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.

* In NCAA statistics through Feb. 24, Harvey leads NCAA Division I in both scoring offense (22.8 points per game) and 3-pointers per game (4.04), and is 12th in 3-point shooting percentage (44.1 percent) and 25th in free throw percentage (87.0 percent). He leads the Big Sky in scoring, 3-pointers per game and free throw percentage.

* Harvey was 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, Seattle Times, Slam! Magazine, Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation.

* He suffered a quadriceps contusion in the first half against Idaho on Jan. 31 and sat out the next three games. But prior to that, 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 has had 37 performances in his career with at least 20 points and 10 with at least 30, and has scored in double figures in 35-straight games (total of 61). Harvey is averaging 18.1 points, 2.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in his 76-game career thus far (59 as a starter), making 229-of-525 3-point attempts for 43.6 percent.

* Harvey is climbing EWU and league single season 3-pointers lists, with 97 this season to rank third in school history and eighth all-time in the Big Sky. 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 229 to eclipse the previous record of 184 set by Marc Axton (2002-05). His 525 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 (six 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 fourth in 3-point shooting accuracy (43.6 percent). His career total of 1,373 points is seventh in school history.

* Harvey has now averaged 21.5 points per game in his last 63 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 Bud Withers of the Seattle Times: http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/college/how-tyler-harvey-the-nations-leading-scorer-found-his-way-to-eastern-washington/
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

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