July 8, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Ron Hale and Trevor Harvey, a pair of former Florida State University men’s basketball players, are working hard this summer as they follow their dreams of playing in the NBA. Hale is a member of the Miami Heat summer league team in the Pepsi Pro League while Harvey is playing with the New York Knicks summer team in the Summer Pro League at Long Beach State University.
Hale and the Heat began play in the Pepsi Pro League in Orlando July 6. The team will play one game a day for five consecutive days as league play runs from July 6 through July 10. Miami is scheduled to play the Boston Celtics July 8, the Orlando Magic July 9 and the Cleveland Cavaliers July 10. Hale scored 11 points and pulled down five rebounds against New Jersey July 7.
Hale earned four varsity letters for the Seminoles from 1997-2000 and played on Florida State’s 1998 NCAA Tournament team. A two-time All-ACC selection, he is ranked 19th on Florida State’s all-time scoring list with 1,236 points. He scored his career-high of 37 points against Wake Forest Jan. 4. 2000 as the Seminoles defeated the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, 66-64. Hale averaged 10.3 points per game during his 120-game Seminole career.
Hale, whom the Heat signed as a free agent signed in 2001, has spent the last three years playing in both Japan and the Philippines. He ranked fifth in the Japanese Pre SuperLeague in 2004 with a 4.3 assists per game average.
Hale has enjoyed a strong professional career since his playing days at Florida State. He played in the NBA Pro-Am Summer League in 2000 with the Portland Trailblazers before signing with the Miami and nearly making the Heat’s opening day roster. He then played with the Milwaukee Bucks in the Shaw’s Summer League in Boston in 2001.
Harvey and the Knicks begin play in the Summer Pro League at Long Beach State University July 10. The team will play six games in eight days beginning with a contest against the Los Angeles Clippers July 10. The Knicks are also scheduled to play the Lakers, Warriors, Grizzlies, Spurs and Mavericks. The league runs through July 17.
Harvey played in Turkey during the 2003-04 season for Fenerbahce Istanbul where he helped lead the team to the semifinals of the FIBA Europe Cup. Harvey averaged 1.5 blocks per game, which was the third highest in the league.
This marks the second consecutive summer Harvey has worked to earn a spot on an NBA roster. In July of 2003 Harvey played for the Pistons’ summer league team. He also participated in the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago following his senior year at Florida State and averaged 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots while shooting an even .500 percent from the field.
During Harvey’s senior year at Florida State he averaged 8.4 points (fourth on the team), 5.1 rebounds (third) and a team-leading 1.2 blocks per game while averaging a career-high 18.4 minutes and playing in a career-high 29 games for the Seminoles during the 2002-03 season. He led the team in field goal percentage (.590) and was tied for first in offensive rebounds (2.0 orpg) and was fourth in steals (1.1). During the season, he established career-highs in 17 different statistical categories and finished eighth in the ACC in blocked shots.