Harvey is a repeat selection on the squad selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, equaling the achievement of NBA veteran Rodney Stuckey
A pair of Eastern Washington University juniors – guard Tyler Harvey and forward Venky Jois – were selected Friday (March 27) to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 first team, as selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.
This is the first All-NABC honor for Jois, but Harvey is a repeat selection. A year ago as a second team pick, Harvey became EWU’s first selection since 2006 when Rodney Stuckey earned the honor. Stuckey is now in his eighth year in the NBA (Indiana Pacers), and earned NABC All-District first team honors in both 2006 and 2007 when he also was an honorable mention All-America selection for the Eagles.
Harvey is was 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 is recognized on the Lou Henson All-America team.
Harvey and Jois were also first team selections on the All-Big Sky Conference team as selected by the league’s head coaches. They 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.
Jois, a junior from Boronia, Australia, set the school’s single season blocked shots record with 69 and averaged 16.7 points and 7.7 rebounds on the season. Harvey and Jois went over the 1,000-point mark in their careers during the 2014-15 season to rank in the top 18 in school history. Harvey is second all-time with 1,564 points (177 behind the school record of 1,741 set by Ron Cox from 1974-77), with Jois 10th with 1,278.
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 22, Harvey led NCAA Division I in scoring offense (23.1 points per game) and 3-pointers per game (4.00), and was 14th 3-point shooting percentage (43.1 percent) and 43rd in free throw percentage (.852). Jois, who missed four full games and parts of two others with a sprained ankle, was 94th in per game scoring (16.7), sixth in field goal percentage (61.0 percent), 38th in blocked shots per game (2.23) and 95th in rebounding (7.7).
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.
NABC All-District 6 Team
Mikh McKinney - Sacramento State
Tyler Harvey - Eastern Washington
Martin Breunig – Montana
Venky Jois - Eastern Washington
Pascal Siakam - New Mexico State
Martez Harrison – UMKC
Isiah Umipig – Seattle
Joel Bolomboy - Weber State
Daniel Mullings - New Mexico State
Quinton Upshur - Northern Arizona
2015 LOU HENSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State
D.J. Balentine, Evansville
John Brown, High Point
Julius Brown, Toledo
Jalen Cannon, St Francis Brooklyn
Karl Cochran, Wofford
AJ English, Iona
Kahlil Felder, Oakland
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan
Ty Greene, USC Upstate
Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington
Corey Hawkins, UC Davis
Tyler Haws, BYU
R.J. Hunter, Georgia State
John Jordan, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
David Laury, Iona
Shawn Long, UL Lafayette
Mikh McKinney, Sacramento State
Justin Moss, Buffalo
Mike Myers, UMES
Saah Nimley, Charleston Southern
Wesley Saunders, Harvard
Justin Sears, Yale
Keifer Sykes, Green Bay
Marcus Thornton, William and Mary
Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Brad Waldow, Saint Mary's
Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin
Jameel Warney, Stony Brook
Jalen West, Northwestern State
Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara