Eastern junior-to-be selected among the best shooters
in NCAA Division I by Bleacherreport.com
In a program where shooting is of paramount importance, Eastern Washington University junior-to-be Tyler Harvey has earned recognition as one of the top 22 marksmen in NCAA Division I men’s basketball. Bleacherreport.com has selected the 6-foot-4 guard from Torrance, Calif., as one of its top 22 shooters nationally in a listing announced last month.
Harvey’s shooting percentages of 43.3 percent from the 3-point stripe, 44.3 percent overall and 89.7 percent from the free throw line were among the best in the nation in the 2013-14 season for the Eagles. He ranked sixth in the nation in average 3-pointers made at 3.52 and was 16th in percentage, and eighth in accuracy from the charity stripe.
“He is becoming a very, very special player,” praised head coach Jim Hayford. “He believes in his game, and he believes in his teammates. He understands when he has a great shot it is his role to take it. I couldn’t be more pleased. He is a good player and he’s a great young man.”
After two seasons as an Eagle, Harvey is currently fifth in school history in 3-point field goal percentage (43.3 percent), eighth in 3-pointers made (132) and second in free throw percentage (84.3 percent). His 89.7 percent accuracy rate from the charity stripe in the 2013-14 season was the third-best performance all-time at EWU.
The combined NCAA Division I 3-point shooting rankings of Tyler Harvey added up to 22, ranking him third nationally. First was Karvel Anderson from Robert Morris with a total ranking of 16 (9th 3.31, 7th 46.3), followed by Ethan Wragge of Creighton with a total ranking of 21 (16th 3.14, 5th 47.0). Brady Heslip of Baylor was right behind Harvey with a total of 23 (17th 3.11, 6th 46.5).
Harvey was a second team choice on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 squad after earning first team All-Big Sky Conference honors.
“Tyler had an outstanding sophomore season,” added Hayford. “He was one of the top perimeter shooters not only in the Big Sky Conference, but in the whole country.”
With 109 3-pointers in 31 games, Harvey broke the school record of 103 set by Shannon Taylor in 1999. He finished 15 behind the Big Sky record of 124, and his 3.52 average per game ranks fourth in league history.
Harvey scored 677 points in the 2013-14 season to rank third in school history, and his 21.8 average was third behind only the averages of 24.6 and 24.2 that Stuckey had in the 2007 and 2006 seasons, respectively. Stuckey recently completed his seventh year with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA, 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.