Eastern Washington junior Tyler Harvey has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft, and while the nation’s leading scorer hasn’t yet hired an agent, it’s basically a foregone conclusion that he’ll stay in the draft. Harvey released a statement through the school (via Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports):
“When I went home (for spring break) I had a good chance to talk to my family about everything and what happened this year,” Harvey said. “I was fortunate and blessed enough to lead the NCAA in scoring and we had a great year as a team, so we felt like the time was right. We thought this was the best opportunity to pursue a professional career.”
Harvey averaged 23.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists on the season for the Eagles, who reached the NCAA Tournament as a No. 13 seed. The 6’4 guard had 27 points on 9-of-20 shooting overall and 6-of-12 from against fourth-seeded Georgetown, but Eastern Washington lost by 10 points.
Three-pointers were a huge part of Harvey’s game the last two seasons at Eastern Washington. After taking 8.1 three-pointers per game last year, he took 9.3 per game this year and made 43.1 percent of those bombs. He shot 46.9 percent overall on the season.
Harvey is currently No. 41 on the draft board of ESPN’s Chad Ford. While his shooting ability is elite, he’s a bit undersized and lacks athleticism. However, with floor spacing so important in today’s NBA, a team may be willing to give him a shot at the tail end of the first round.