All-America Honor Given to Tyler Harvey by Associated Press

All-America Honor Given to Tyler Harvey by Associated Press

joAlready an Academic All-American, Harvey is Eastern's third player in school history to earn NCAA Division I honorable mention All-America honors for the Eagles

America has gotten a taste of the journey of this year's national scoring leader, so it's fitting that he has the label All-American.

Eastern Washington University junior guard Tyler Harvey was selected by Associated Press on Monday (March 30) as an honorable mention All-America selection after his record-breaking season as the leading scorer in NCAA Division I.

He becomes 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 this 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 is 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).

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).

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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