Harvey leaving EWU for the 2015 NBA draft

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Anna Mills

Harvey during the NCAA tournament vs. Georgetown on March 19

By Sam Deal and Fetlew Gebreziabher

The nation’s leading scorer has taken his last shot at Reese Court.

EWU junior guard Tyler Harvey announced April 1  he would be forgoing his senior year of eligibility to pursue a career in the NBA.

“I had a chance to go home for a week, talk to my coach and my family and you know everything that has happened this year, we just felt like it was the right time to make that next step in life,” said Harvey. “It was definitely not an easy decision by all means, at all.”

Harvey, who has not signed an agent, said he would be leaving Cheney and head home where he will begin the preparations for the NBA draft, which takes place on June 25.

“I am going to get into [the] process when I get home, talk to my family and coach and I’ll decide from there,” said Harvey. “And I will start figuring out where to train and what I need to do to get ready for the camps.”

In his final season as an Eagle, Harvey averaged 23.1 points per game and made 128 3-point attempts, which also led the nation.

The smooth shooting combo guard is attempting to become the second Eastern player to make the leap to the NBA. Indiana Pacers Rodney Stuckey was drafted in 2007 after two years at EWU.

Harvey made national headlines this year because of his on-court success and the story of his rise to prominence. Harvey was not offered scholarships out of high school in his hometown of Torrance, California, and walked onto the EWU team.

“A good mark is are you leaving things better than you found them,” said head coach Jim Hayford. “Tyler is certainly leaving the Eastern team better than he found it.”

The guard helped carry the Eagles to a Big Sky Championship and the school’s second-ever NCAA tournament.

ESPN’s Chad Ford projects Harvey in the 25-40 range of prospects, while nbadraft.net projected him as the final player selected in its most recent mock draft.

“It is an exciting day for us, whenever you can celebrate the success of one of your student-athletes trying to figure out what their next thing in life is,” said athletic director Bill Chaves