The Nation’s leading scorer- Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey- has reportedly decided that he will forego his final season of eligibility and enter June’s NBA Draft.
Sources told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, who initially broke the news, that Harvey and his 23.1 points per contest will take his talents to the professional level.
Still, Harvey has elected not to sign with an agent leaving the door open for a return if individual and combine workouts do not go in his favor.
Harvey led the Eastern Washington Eagles to one of their best seasons in program history going 23-9 and qualifying as a 13 seed for the NCAA Tournament. Eastern Washington, however, was easily dispatched in the tournament’s opening round by the Georgetown Hoyas in a game that saw Harvey drop 27 points. Now, the Eagles and head coach Jim Hayford will be back to the drawing board hoping to replace one of the best collegiate scorers in recent memory.
What separates Harvey from other prospects is his excellent three-point shooting ability at 39.6 percent, and most NBA teams need shooters capable of stretching opposing defenses as well as their premier players.
Harvey is viewed by many as a mid to late second round pick, but do not expect to see Harvey fall out of the draft. He may lack ideal size at 6-foot-4, but Harvey can flat out score the basketball making him an enticing prospect for nearly every NBA franchise.
If drafted, Harvey would become the second Eagles player to play in the NBA joining former star Rodney Stuckey.
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