14/04/2024

The Illawara Hawks have resigned star guard Tyler Harvey on a three year deal. Photo:@NBL/Twitter

The Illawarra Hawks have resigned star guard Tyler Harvey on a three-year deal. Harvey led the Hawks in points, assists and steals this season

The Illawarra Hawks today announced the re-signing of star guard Tyler Harvey for the next three seasons.

Harvey has come off a sensational debut NBL campaign averaging, 20.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.2apg, and 1.4spg while shooting 38% from beyond the three-point line. He led the Hawks in points, assists, and steals all season long and was a big reason for their push to the club’s first playoff berth since the 2016-17 season.

The American native also broke the NBL record for most three’s made in a season with 114 and was a finalist in the league MVP award.

To cap off his maiden NBL season, Harvey was the recipient of the Illawarra Hawks’ MVP and named as part of the All-NBL First Team.

Illawarra Hawks President and Co-Owner, Dorry Kordahi, said this was a perfect result for the club moving forward.

“This is a huge show of faith in the Illawarra Hawks. For us, building culture was a key aspect of the club in year one. Tyler (Harvey) has been a very big part of this on and off the court and having him here for the next three seasons shows we are serious about not only competing for but winning NBL titles,” Kordahi said.

“Tyler is the cornerstone of this team and we want to use him as the foundation for a really strong era for Illawarra basketball. He’s been a great fit for the community and we’re just so excited to have him back. Historically the Hawks have found great players and then lost them to bigger clubs, but the times are changing. This isn’t the Hawks of the past.”

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Illawarra Hawks Head Coach, Brian Goorjian, said Harvey’s signature was a crucial one for the club and the region’s basketball fans.

“Tyler (Harvey) was a revelation for our basketball club, this city, and the league last season and I’m thrilled to have him heading back down under for the next three seasons. He took the league by storm with his scoring and he was a great leader for our young side in the first year of a major rebuild. Extremely happy to have him back,” Goorjian said.

Harvey and Goorjian will be hoping to go one better next season and win that illustrious NBL Championship.

Before joining the Hawks last season, Harvey had a strong collegiate career where he led the NCAA in scoring in 2014-15 which saw him be drafted with the 51st pick to the Orlando Magic. He then spent a season playing for the Erie BayHawks the NBA G League affiliate to the Magic before bouncing around in the European leagues, playing in Italy and France.

In 2018 he played for the Memphis Hustle in the NBA G League, the affiliate team of the Memphis Grizzles before going back to Europe for a season and then joining Illawarra for the 2020-21 campaign.

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