James Harvey (basketball)

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James Harvey
Personal information
Born (1979-02-15) 15 February 1979 (age 36)
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
Pro career 1998–present
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Career history
1996–1997 Cockburn Cougars
1998–1999 Perry Lakes Hawks
1998–2004 Perth Wildcats
2000 Willetton Tigers
2004 Maccabi Rishon LeZion
2005 Perth Redbacks
2005–2007 West Sydney Razorbacks
2007–2012 Gold Coast Blaze
2012–2014 Sydney Kings
Career highlights and awards

James Harvey (born 15 February 1979) is an Australian professional basketball player who has previously played in the National Basketball League (NBL).

Basketball career[edit]

Born and raised in Perth, Harvey began playing for the Cockburn Cougars of the State Basketball League (SBL) in 1996 and won the league's Rookie of the Year award the following year.[1] After another successful year in the SBL with the Perry Lakes Hawks in 1998,[2] Harvey signed with the Perth Wildcats for the 1998–99 NBL season and continued playing for the Wildcats until 2004. He was part of Perth's 1999–2000 NBL championship and 2002–03 grand final appearance, and won the league's Most Improved Player award in 2001. Harvey also continued to play in the SBL with Perry Lakes in 1999, and with the Willetton Tigers in 2000, leading the league in scoring that year with 518 total points.[3] In 97 games over five SBL seasons, Harvey averaged 22.8 points per game.[4]

Following the conclusion of the 2003–04 NBL season, Harvey ventured to Israel where he played one game for Maccabi Rishon LeZion. He later re-signed with Maccabi for the 2004–05 season but managed just five games for the club before departing Israel in November 2004.

In 2005, after a short stint with the Perth Redbacks,[5] Harvey signed with the West Sydney Razorbacks, where he spent two seasons playing alongside Scott McGregor for head coach Mark Watkins. In 2007, he joined the Gold Coast Blaze. In his first season with the Blaze, Harvey averaged 21.4 points per game which was the 10th highest in the league, finished second in three-point percentage (45%) and led the club to the playoffs in their debut season. He was subsequently named to the All-NBL second team in 2007–08 and 2008–09.

On 15 May 2012, Harvey signed a two-year deal with the Sydney Kings.[6]

On 4 February 2013, Harvey was named in the Perth Wildcats 30th Anniversary All-Star team.[7][8]

International career[edit]

Harvey was a regular representative of the Australian Boomers, as he captained them to a historic Stanković Cup win in 2009, and was named tournament MVP and earned All-Star five honours.[9]


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