Jois, Tyler Harvey, Daniel Hill and Frederik Jörg are all recognized for their academic accomplishments by the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Four Eastern Washington University men’s basketball players are among the approximately 1,000 student-athletes honored on the 2014-15 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court announced Thursday (July 30).
Forward Venky Jois was on the team, as he returns this season to serve as senior co-caption for the defending Big Sky Conference champions and NCAA Tournament participant. Departed guard Tyler Harvey, now with the Orlando Magic of the NBA, was also on the squad.
Former Eagles Daniel Hill and Frederik Jörg rounded out the list of EWU players honored. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts its recipients possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.
Players from more than 350 colleges and universities were recognized. Recipients must have junior or senior standing academically, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher.
Jois is from Boronia, Australia, and has a 3.51 grade point average as an interdisciplinary studies major (biology/pre-med emphasis). Jois was a repeat selection on the All-Big Sky Conference first team in the 2014-15 season, and then was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Tournament team. He is a three-time member of the Big Sky All-Academic team.
Jois averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game last year, and enters his senior season with a school-record 184 career blocked shots, as well as 1,278 total points (10th) and 737 rebounds (fourth).
On his way to earning honorable mention All-America honors and first team Academic All-America accolades, Harvey led NCAA Division I in scoring (23.1) and 3-pointers made per game (4.00) in the 2014-15 season. A 3.63 student in communications studies, Harvey was a first team selection on the All-Big Sky Conference team for the second-straight season and was selected as the MVP of the Big Sky Conference Tournament. Like Jois, he earned Big Sky All-Academic honors for a third time in the 2014-15 season.
He closed the year with Big Sky and EWU single season records for season 3-pointers with 128, and his 738 points were a school record and ranked fourth in league history. Harvey is from Torrance, Calif.
Hill, twice honored on the Big Sky All-Academic squad, has a 3.78 grade point average while majoring in urban and regional planning. He played in 15 games as a backup point guard in the 2014-15 season and a total of 54 games in his three-year Eastern career, with averages of 7.8 minutes, 1.2 points, 0.9 assists and 0.7 rebounds per game. He is from Sydney, Australia.
The 7-foot-1 Jörg – the tallest player in school history – is from Korschenbroich, Germany, and had a 3.50 GPA at Eastern while majoring in business management. Jörg was in Eastern’s program for three seasons before transferring to St. Martin’s University. He averaged 4.5 minutes, 2.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 15 games as a sophomore this past season, and played in 16 games as a true freshman in 2012-13 before redshirting the following season. He was on the Big Sky All-Academic squad in the 2012-13 season.
The quartet 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.