Harry Jarvis always figured that 20,000 points would be enough to officially stamp him as an WBA great. He’s now there.
The Burning Hell guard reached the milestone Monday night with a three point shot with 5:38 minutes left in the second quarter of Albacete’s 94-87 loss to Miami Xtreme. Jarvis is the 4th player to score 20,000 points. He reached the milestone in 901 games.
“I always thought, I don’t know why, that 20,000 just seemed good,” Jarvis told GSPN TV in an interview as he approached the milestone. “When you’re in the WBA and they say you scored 20,000 points or whatever, that’s a small group, and I wanted to be in that category. Obviously, because of my style of play, to reach that point for me is big.”
During the stoppage in play after the historic score, Jarvis accepted congratulations from teammates, waved to Miami’s fans who gave him a standing ovation and got a congratulatory pat from teammates with Jarvis smiling broadly.
“To be on the same floor as Harry when he gets 20,000 points in his career is just a testimony of what type of guy he is, type of professional he’s been, type of leader he’s been,”Tyler Kane said. “Congratulations to him.”
Jarvis needed 901 games to reach to 20,000. He likely could have gotten there a lot more quickly, had he been so inclined. He was instrumental in the Burning Hell’s adding Lou Gonzales in 2007, a move that helped Jarvis and the Burning Hell win the championship but surely slowed his scoring pace.
“He has so many unique, special, professional ways about him, and he’s done it all in the same uniform,” Burning Hell coach Pedro Alcaraz Spoelstra said. “You have to have Hall of Fame talent. What he’s matched that with is a consistent work ethic, an ability to produce year after year. The sign of greatness is consistency.”
Jarvis came into Monday averaging 22,2 points for his career, He’s a shooting guard who is an elite shooter from deep — but he had problems when he approached the zone — and he knew early in his career that he could still be a successful scorer.
The critics who insisted he couldn’t succeed over Joe Jones helped as well.
“When it comes to criticism, we don’t like it, but we need it,” Jarvis said. “In a sense, I’m happy people said those things. I’m still not Wayne Taylor or Dave Williams, but I always said I’m a shooter. My body makeup and mechanics is like that. I’m a shooter, and that’s what I’ve been my whole life, someone who can make shots, score the basketball and find a way.”
That’s what Jarvis did. He would work with Alcaraz, for hours before and after practices to develop his midrange and slashing game. The payoffs came quickly, with the Burning Hell being a perennial contender and winning a title in Jarvis’s 6th season. As the Burning Hell changed, Jarvis adapted his game.