One by one, some of the most talented mid-major players in the country are foregoing the rest of their eligibility at the Division I level and trying their hands in the NBA Draft.
Eastern Washington star Tyler Harvey is the latest player to leave school early to take his game to the professional level. As a sophomore, the native of Torrance, California was the nation’s top scorer in 2014-15, averaging 23.1 points per contest. That was after he averaged an impressive 21.8 points per game as a freshman.
Harvey’s strong season helped propel the Eagles to their first ever NCAA Tournament trip. Upon winning the Big Sky tournament, the Eagles were awarded a 13-seed in the big dance. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they were upended by the Georgetown Hoyas in their opening round game, 84 – 74, despite 27 points from Harvey.
Along with his NCAA-leading points per game total, Harvey averaged 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest in 2014-15. He shot 46.9% from the field on the season, including 43.1% from three point range, and an impressive 85.2% from the free throw line.
As the season progressed, Harvey became well-known as one of the premier three-point shooters in the country. He led the country in made three-pointers, pouring in 128 over the course of the year.
Harvey should get a look in the mid-to-late second round, and could provide teams with a nice scoring option in the early years of his career as he continues to develop. He is a valuable asset, and could be a steal in the 2015 NBA Draft.