April 17, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - It's been quite a month for Greyhounds junior guard Brett Harvey.
After learning earlier this month that he finished the 2008-2009 season as the NCAA Division I leader in individual free throw percentage, now the New City, N.Y., native learned Thursday afternoon that he has been selected as a member of the 10-person Maccabi USA Basketball team that will compete in the 18th annual Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv this July.
The Maccabiah Games are held every four years in Israel, exhibiting talents of the most outstanding Jewish athletes from around the world. Twenty-eight different sports are represented within the games, attracting 8,300 athletes who travel from 60 different countries.
This year, the competition will take place July 13-23. Harvey begins his journey in late June with training at La Salle University. University of Tennessee Head Coach Bruce Pearl will coach the team and he will be assisted by La Salle's Harris Adler and former Oklahoma State standout and current ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb.
Joining Harvey as teammates on the squad are Duke's Jon Scheyer, Derek Glasser from Arizona State and Dan Grunfeld, a former Stanford player who competed for a spot in the New York Knicks' training camp last October.
Harvey concluded the most recent season shooting 91.0 percent (142-156) to lead all of NCAA Division I in free throw percentage. The mark is the second-best single-season effort in the 99-year history of men's basketball at Loyola. He finished the year averaging 12.4 points with 70 assists while playing in all 32 games. Three times this season he made 10 or more free throws in a game, including a 13-for-13 performance in the home game with Niagara to equal the second-best outing in school history. He has 896 career points, ranking 35th all-time.