Big Sky preview: Eastern Washington will survive without Tyler Harvey

With leading scorer Tyler Harvey gone to the NBA, Eastern Washington will turn to senior forward Venky Jois. Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire

Cheney, Washington, is a town of roughly 11,000 tucked into the Pacific Northwest. Eastern Washington University is located there.

Last year, Eastern Washington star Tyler Harvey (22.9 points per game) led the nation in scoring, and then the Orlando Magic selected the 6-foot-4 guard from Torrance, California, in the second round of the 2015 NBA draft. It was a great story, both for EWU and the Big Sky. The spotlight on Eastern Washington grew after its nonconference win over Indiana.

But the Big Sky is bigger than one player or program. Three members of last season's all-conference first team remain (EWU's Venky Jois, Montana's Martin Breunig and Northern Arizona's Kris Yanku).