Courtesy of Benedictine University
LISLE, Illinois -- D3hoops.com announced the 2017 All-America selections prior to the NCAA Division III National Championship game on Saturday between Augustana and Babson College and Benedictine University senior Tahron Harvey earned a First Team All-America selection.
Harvey, who played in the NABC Reese's Division III College All-Star Game in Salem, Va. on Saturday, was selected as the 2017 NACC Player of the Year. The senior averaged 18.8 points per game, tops on the team and fourth in the conference. Harvey emerged as an all-around threat by also grabbing 7.5 rebounds per game and 6.3 assists per contest. Harvey shot 52.4 percent from the field and 77.1 percent from the free throw line while knocking down 46 three-pointers, second on the team.
The Glenbard East product scored in double figures in 27 of the season's 28 games. Harvey surpassed 20 points on 13 occasions including a stretch of four in a row from January 23-31. Twice, Harvey bettered 30 points, notching a career-best 34 in a road win at Marian on December 3. Harvey accumulated 11 double-doubles, including the final four games leading up to the NCAA Tournament. Harvey led the team in scoring 14 times, rebounding on 12 occasions, and notched the most assists in 18 affairs. Harvey accumulated eight games with double-digit rebounds and five contests with double-figure assists while striking for 10 or more field goals in five games.
Harvey became the second player in conference history to notch multiple triple-doubles in a season, collecting a pair during the campaign. The first came in the regular season finale at home against Lakeland, accumulating 12 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. The 12 assists marked a career high. The second came in the conference championship game to the tune of 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. The 13 rebounds marked a career best.
The senior finishes his career with 1,391 points, 11th all-time. Harvey notched his 1,000th career point against Edgewood on December 10. Harvey also finished with 547 rebounds, 14th all-time, and 465 assists, fifth all-time. Harvey became the first player in program history to accumulate 1,000+ points, 350+ assists, 400+ rebounds and 100+ steals. Harvey led Benedictine with 22 points in the final game of his career, an NCAA Tournament defeat to Wartburg at UW-River Falls. Benedictine reached the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive year for just the second time in program history. Benedictine was ranked all season, peaking at number 10 in the final regular season poll.
During the season, Harvey earned a slot on the D3hoops.com Team of the Week three times while winning three NACC Player of the Week awards. In addition to winning the NACC Player of the Year, Harvey was named First Team All-NACC, First Team All-Central Region by D3hoops.com and First Team All-District by the NABC. Harvey, who was also tabbed as the MVp of the Big Island Classic in Hawaii, was a First Team All-NACC choice last year and a Third Team All-Region selection. Harvey earned five NACC Player of the Week awards during his career and helped lead Benedictine to three consecutive conference championships.
The award give Benedictine First Team All-Americans in back-to-back years from D3hoops.com. Lucas Johnson was named as the National Player of the Year in 2016.