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EWU’s Harvey weighs NBA option

Eastern Washington star Tyler Harvey is expected to decide this week whether to stay in school or leave a year early for the NBA draft. “We are gathering information as we speak,” Eagles coach Jim Hayford said Monday. Harvey, the leading scorer in Division I this year with a 23.1 points-per-game average, has one more year of eligibility remaining after leading Eastern to a 26-9 record and the school’s second NCAA tournament appearance. After the Eagles lost to Georgetown in the second round of the tournament on March 19, Harvey sought an evalu ation of his draft status. He has until April 26 to declare, but Hayford said a decision would be reached by the end of this week. “We should know by Wednesday,” Hayford said. Harvey, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard, is getting plenty of attention from NBA draft experts for his long-range shooting ability. He led the nation with four 3-point field goals per game and ranked 14th in 3-point shooting percentage at 43.1. Chad Ford of ESPN lists Harvey as the 41st-best prospect among all college players. Says Ford: “Tyler Harvey is one of the best shooter-scorers you’ll find, an absolutely lights-out marksman who is liable to pull up off the dribble from halfcourt if given even the slightest glimmer of daylight. His defense leaves a lot to be desired, and he isn’t blessed with great size, but he is a better athlete and a more versatile shot creator than most of the shoot-first gunners we see coming out of the low-major ranks.” lists Harvey as No. 46, but doesn’t include Harvey among the 60 players in its two-round mock draft. Only first-round picks are automatically guaranteed money, but second-round picks can negotiate for guaranteed money. “My advice to Tyler is if there’s guaranteed money going into the NBA draft, I think he should do that,” Hayford told SportsPress Northwest. “If not, let’s go have a great senior year and improve your position in the draft for the following year. I have nothing but Tyler’s best interest in mind.” Harvey, who was unavailable for comment, will earn his undergraduate degree in June. He also has the option of transferring to another school, but apparently his decision will come down to staying at Eastern or going pro. If drafted, Harvey would be only the second NBA player to come out of Eastern. Former star Rodney Stuckey averaged 24.6 points as a redshirt sophomore at Eastern in 2006-07. Stuckey was the 15th overall pick in the 2007 draft. Now with Indiana, he has averaged 13.4 points in eight seasons.
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