Jack Harvey (basketball)

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Jack Harvey
Personal information
Born(1918-08-06)August 6, 1918
DiedNovember 1981 (aged 63)
Career information
High schoolFrankfort (Frankfort, Kansas)
CollegeColorado (1937–1940)
PositionForward / Center
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus second-team All-American (1940)
  • Colorado State Sports Hall of Fame (1999)

Jack Harvey (August 6, 1918 – November 1981) was an All-American basketball forward/center at the University of Colorado from 1937 to 1940. As a senior in 1939–40, Harvey became the first Buffaloes basketball player to earn a Consensus All-American distinction when he garnered a Second Team accolade. He had also been recognized as a First Team All-American in 1939, although he was not a consensus selection. Harvey led the Buffaloes to two conference championships and a trip to the NCAA Tournament his senior season. During his junior and senior years, Colorado posted a 31–8 record and spent some time as the #1 team in the country.

No records of Harvey's scoring and rebounding statistics have ever been found. He was known as a tenacious defender, however, which is probably a leading cause for his All-American distinction in 1939 and 1940.

In 1942, Harvey helped lead the Denver American Legion of the AAU to a national championship by defeating the Phillips 66ers 45–32.


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