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EWU star Tyler Harvey declares for draft

A press conference is scheduled for today in Cheney at 11 a.m., but sources within the EWU athletic department have confirmed that Harvey has decided to explore his professional options.

Harvey, a redshirt junior from Torrance, California, averaged 23.1 points a game and led the nation in made 3-point shots while leading the Eagles to a 26-9 record, the Big Sky Conference co-regular-season title and the school’s first NCAA appearance in 11 years.

Considered one of the best long-range shooters in the college ranks, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Harvey is projected to be drafted in the second round of the NBA draft, which is scheduled for June 25 in New York.

However, according to ESPN, Harvey has not yet hired an agent, which means he could still change his mind and stay in Cheney.

Draft expert Chad Ford of ESPN describes Harvey has “one of the best shooter-scorers you’ll find, an absolutely lights-out marksman.” DraftExpress.com predicts Harvey will be the 46th pick (out of 60 in the two-round draft), but NBADraft.net predicts that he won’t be drafted.

Harvey would be on the second Eastern player to play in the NBA. Former EWU star Rodney Stuckey averaged 24.6 points as a redshirt sophomore at Eastern in 2006-7.

Harvey, Jois honored by NABC

Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey and forward Venky Jois were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 first team, the organization announced Friday.

The award is a repeat for Harvey, who was a second-team selection last year. Harvey, a junior, led 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.

Harvey is was one of 16 finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year and is one of 31 finalists for the Lou Henson Award given to the nation’s top mid-major player.

Jois set the school’s single-season blocked shots record with 69 and averaged 16.7 points and 7.7 rebounds on the season. Harvey and Jois went over the 1,000-point mark in their careers in 2014-15 to rank in the top 18 in school history. 

It’s not the end of the road for Eastern

Good morning from Portland, where the Eastern basketball season came to an end last night against a Georgetown team that simply had a little too much athleticism for the Eagles. If that weren't enough the Hoyas also know how to shoot the long ball. While the Eagles head home to rest and contemplate the next season, I'm going on to Corvallis to help with tonight's Gonzaga women's game. In the meantime, here's my Eastern game story. John Blanchette offers his perspective in this column, while Jacob Thorpe wrote this notebook and Dan Pelle captured many moments with this photo package. Want more? Here's a story from the Oregonian that includes a video of the incident that sent Tyler Harvey to the floor, an incident that some believe was a turning point in the game.

The Eagles revel in the moment

Greetings from Portland, from one of the few sportswriters who didn't drink green beer last night in the hotel lobby (mine was amber). The Eastern players and coaches arrived last night; they'll practice this morning at a Portland college, then arrive at the Moda Center for a workout and their first meeting with the national media. The local media is already at work; John Blanchette spent five hours in the back seat of our car writing this fine piece on the Australians on the EWU roster. … I spoke with members of the 2003-4 Eastern team that made the NCAAs, and here's what they had to say. …. I also have a notebook with comments from coach Hayford, Georgetown coach John Thompson III and some Eastern recruiting news. Elsewhere, NCAA.com asks what Georgetown must to do win, Bleacher Report offers this preview and prediction, and a Georgetown fans writes this very balanced and throrough analysis.

Dancing? The Eagles did that last night

Good morning one last time from Missoula, where the Eagles celebrated deep into the night after their thrilling win over Montana in the Big Sky championship game. As the confetti rained down and the Eagles danced at center court in the Dahlberg Arena, Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford smiled and preached the virtues and rewards of hard work. 

It was four years of hard work, as I chronicled earlier in the week in this story and this timeline; it all paid off Saturday night at Dahlberg Arena. The next stop: Cheney this afternoon for a Selection Sunday celebration at Reese Court. The doors open at 2 p.m., and the public is invited. The bracket unveiling will begin at 3:15.

And after that? Eastern could find itself playing an NCAA game in Portland or Seattle, if all goes well. At 26-8, the Eagles could wind up as high as a 13 seed, but I'll wager on a 14. That's for the committee to decide.

See you in Cheney.

In the meantime, here's the rest of our coverage, including John Blanchette's column, my notebook from the Big Sky tournament, and a photo collection from Associated Press. And if you didn't follow me (@srjimallen) on Twitter last night, well, you should have.

I was working hard too, and enjoying every minute of it.

Q & A with Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey

Eastern Washington basketball player Tyler Harvey does most of his talking with his 3-point shooting, which has helped him become the leading scorer in the nation this year. A redshirt junior from Southern California, Harvey tries to stay away from the limelight when he’s off the court. After a recent practice, Harvey took time to answer a few non-basketball questions:

 

EWU’s Harvey honored again by the Big Sky

After a 61-point weekend, Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey has been selected as the co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season.

 On Thursday, Harvey had a 35-point game against Northern Colorado, his fourth of at least 30 this season and 10th of his career. He added 26 points two days later against North Dakota. The Eagles beat the Bears 95-85 and then scored 67 points in the first half of a 102-80 win over UND to already match last year's win total with a 15-5 record.

Harvey shared the honor with Sacramento State guard Mikh McKinney.

 The nation's leader in scoring (24.1 points per game) and 3-pointers (4.40 per game), Harvey made 16-of-27 (59 percent) shots overall last week. He made 7-of-15 (47 percent) from the 3-point line and 22-of-25 (88 percent) from the charity stripe. He also had seven rebounds, seven assists and a pair of steals.

Bracketologist Lunardi has EWU as No. 14 seed in NCAAs

NCAA basketball expert Joe Lunardi of ESPN has Eastern Washington as a 14th seed in the upcoming tournament, facing Utah of the Pac-12 in a second-round game.

That's down one spot from last week, when Lunardi had EWU as 13th seed - no doubt because the Eagles' computer rankings are dropping now that they no longer playing high-profile opponents.

The Eagles are 12-4 after their 89-86 win Saturday at Idaho and are alone at the top of the Big Sky Conference with a 3-0 record.

Eastern is on the road again this week, Thursday at Portland State and Saturday at Sacramento State.

 

EWU’s Harvey named first-team all-Big Sky

Big Sky Conference scoring leader Tyler Harvey of Eastern Washington has been named a first-team all-star selection, the league announced Monday.

Harvey, a sophomore from Torrance, Calif., led the league in scoring and free-throw shooting while finishing among the nation's top 3-point shooters.

Harvey averaged 21.8 points, 89.7 percent at the free-throw line and made 109 3-point shots - second most in Big Sky history.

Eagle forward Venky Jois earned honorable mention honors.

Weber State guard/forward Davion Berry was named the conference's Most Valuable Player.

EWU beats Southern Utah 86-72

The Eagles defeat Southern Utah.  S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered the game in Cheney.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

Tickets for EWU basketball, movies

Take our weekly news quiz and be automatically entered in our drawing for four tickets to the Eastern Washington-Montana State game on Jan. 31. You will also be entered in the drawing for movie tickets and the overall prize of a $50 gift card to the Davenport.  Click here to take the news quiz. Good luck.

Win tickets to Eastern basketball game

 

Give our news quiz a try and you'll be entered in a random drawing for four tickets to EWU's men's basketball home game against Idaho State. You will also be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Find the news quiz here.

Eastern basketball tickets up for grabs

Take this week's news quiz and you will be automatically entered into a drawing for four tickets to EWU-Weber State men's basketball game and a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Take the news quiz here. Good luck.

Two tickets left to Hardwood Classic

If you're a college basketball fan you should take this week's news quiz for a chance to win two  tickets to the Hardwood Classic in Seattle on Dec. 21. The game pits Buffalo against Washington State. You can also be placed in the drawing for four tickets to the Seattle University at Eastern men's basketball game on Dec. 10. Enter here, and you're in the running for the random drawings. Take the quiz today, the drawing is Friday. Good luck.

Win tickets to Idaho at Eastern basketball game

If you're a college basketball fan you should take this week's news quiz for a chance to win four tickets to the Idaho at Eastern Washington men's basketball game on Dec. 6. Enter here, and you're in the running for the random drawing.  Good luck.

A lot happening in the sports world

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Just when you think the sports scene is winding down, some unexpected news hits Gonzaga. And other locales. Read on.

A bittersweet time of year

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Oregon State coach Craig Robinson tweeted something this morning that every basketball fan understands: "Bittersweet time of the year. Still wish you were playing but get to spend time with loved ones. Ugh!" Yep, everyone wishes their college basketball team was still playing. Wait, there are two local teams still playing aren't there? Yes there are, Washington State's men and Gonzaga's women. And spring football started yesterday down in the Palouse. So there isn't really more time to spend with the loved ones, is there? Which makes me wonder, what was Robinson's "ugh" about? Read on.

Snowed under by Wednesday’s events

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I don't remember many more eventful Wednesday in March around here. There was the Cougars domination of Oregon State in the CBI semifinals – basically without leading scorer Brock Motum. There was 729 blog posts from Christian Caple on SportsLink yesterday. And there was the snowstorm that dumped a few inches on my driveway starting last night. Read on.

The changing of the seasons

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Not a lot of surprises today. There's no rest for the Washington State men, who had to hustle down to Corvallis on Tuesday for tonight's CBI semifinal against Oregon State. The Gonzaga women, on the other hand, got to catch their breath, with coach Kelly Graves sounding on the radio as if he needed the time just to let his voice return. The Zags will face Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday. Read on.

It’s time for some noise

A GRIP ON SPORTS

We have a clock on the living room mantle that chimes each hour. When the batteries are fresh, it's loud enough to be heard all throughout the upper level of the house. But as those batteries wind down, the chimes become softer and softer until, finally, the clock just clicks on the top of the hour. The basketball season is a bit like that. We're to the point where the chimes are winding down and soon they will cease all together. But tonight in Spokane, there is still some noise to be heard, with Gonzaga's women hosting the University of Miami in the NCAA's second round. And it could be very loud. Read on.

A long, fruitful day of hoops

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I have to admit I didn't see the end of the UNLV/Colorado game last night. Couldn't get to the finish line. Failed. After spending most of the day watching favorite after favorite win, I couldn't stay awake anymore. Heck, it was after 9 for goodness sake. So we hit the sack, only to discover when I arose early this morning the Buffs had blown up that section of my bracket. The darn Pac-12. It destroys me even when it wins. Read on.

Just sit down and enjoy the day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It's finally here. The first (real) day of the NCAA basketball tournament. The basketball junkie's Christmas. It all starts at a little after 9 in the morning here on the West Coast and continues until your eyes close – or they explode – sometime late this evening. Read on.

It wasn’t that empty

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The last time I watched a college basketball game on TV from the University of San Francisco's venerable War Memorial Gymnasium, I was afraid the fire marshal would clear the place out. It was that crowded. That, of course, was less than a month ago, when Gonzaga invaded San Francisco for a key WCC game and left with a 66-65 defeat. Last night, as I sat watching the first round game in the College Basketball Invitational, which Washington State would win 89-75, I was shocked by how empty the gym was. So empty, in fact, I got up this morning and immediately went onto the USF website to see the official attendance contained on the box score. I found it but for some reason the link wants to print the box score; just hit cancel and then scroll to the bottom for the attendance. Even after that glitch I wasn't ready for the shocking number I found here. Talk about empty. Read on.

Welcome to a month of madness

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Selection Sunday can either be the happiest day of the year or the saddest, depending on your position. But for most folks, whose schools already know their NCAA fate, it can also have no relevance whatsoever. Strike that. Very little relevance might be better. After all, just about everyone loves to get those bracket sheets and make their predictions, don't they? Read on.

It’s finally shorts weather - sort of

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is still a chance today could be TF60DDOTY (or as it's known to most folks, the first 60-degree day of the year) in the Inland Northwest. Which would make it the best day of the year for me. Yep, nothing better than that first day post-winter (OK, I know it is still winter officially) you can put on shorts and wander around, causing car wrecks and blinding babies with your white legs. Of course, the past few years I've been able to do that in Pullman, where the students would always point admiringly and show their envy (I'm sure) by laughing at the whiteness of my skin. Now I have to do that at home, and the warm weather means I'll be in the back yard with a rake. Read on.

Empty? The Staples Center was not empty

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Before Washington State's Pac-12 Conference tournament game began yesterday, Christian Caple posted a picture of the empty Staples Center on this blog. Yes, it was a pregame photo for a noon game, so you would expect the arena to be empty. But after the game began, the seats remained unfilled. Either that or they gave out free T-shirts that were the exact same color as the seats. Anyhow, the empty arena, the quiet atmosphere, the ability to hear fans' comments throughout the game – all of which was caught by Fox's broadcast – took me back to a simpler time and a simpler place, when game officials were less hesitant to interact with their fans. Read on.

An early start to Pac-12 tourney

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Got up early this morning to get this post done. After all, as I type this, there is only six hours until the tip off of Washington State's Pac-12 tournament game against Oregon State. And it's only been about 10 hours since Eastern Washington's season ended in a late flurry by the Montana Grizzlies in Missoula. Read on.

Nothing super about Monday for GU

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It is kind of appropriate today is Super Tuesday. After all, around Gonzaga yesterday, it was not-so-super Monday. Not with the men losing the West Coast Conference title game in overtime to St. Mary's. And the women melting in the second half against BYU once again. Not the best day for the folks wandering around Desmet and Cincinnati streets. But there is always a new day. And today our focus can shift to Eastern Washington, in Missoula tonight to face the Grizzlies on their home court. Then tomorrow, the Cougars begin Pac-12 tournament play in Los Angeles. And on Sunday the Zag men will hear their name called by the NCAA selection committee and on Monday, the GU women will find out who they are hosting in the tournament. As of right now, no one else in the area can say that with any assurance. Read on.

A warmup is in store

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Do you know by the end of the week the forecast calls for temperatures in the high 50s in the Inland Northwest? High 50s. Golfing weather. Wonder if I can lose 20 pounds by Friday? Read on.

A quick look back at Saturday’s action

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 9:20 A.M.

We had such a huge day of local basketball yesterday, we want to get the links up to those stories as early as possible. So we're putting this up now and will be back later with more. UPDATE: OK, we are back, with more links from yesterday. So now you can read on for everything.