Sallisaw Central standout to play hoops for Bacone
Cherokee Nation citizen Micah Harvey tries to make her way across the basketball court for the Lady Tigers of Sallisaw Central High School in Sequoyah County. Harvey recently signed to play hoops for Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. COURTESY
Micah Harvey of Sallisaw Central High School sits beside her future basketball coaches after signing her intent letter to play basketball for Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Bacone women’s basketball head coach Josh Nichols is left and assistant coach Alfred Davis is right. COURTESY
SALLISAW, Okla. – Micah Katelin Harvey recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Bacone College in Muskogee in the fall.
The 18-year-old Cherokee Nation citizen is the daughter of Neoma Flynn and Gary Flynn, of Sallisaw, and James Harvey Jr. and Kristie Harvey, of Muldrow. She played forward or post on the court at Sallisaw Central High School in Sequoyah County. However, in college, the 5-foot-7-inch freshmen will play guard.
Micah said she has always been a good 3-point shooter, but playing post in high school she didn’t have as many chances to shoot from the outside.
She said other people have told her another one of her strengths is her toughness.
“I’ve always gotten awards for toughness and most charges and my rebounds,” she said.
Another one of her strengths, she said, is her free throw shooting. She believes she “got way better” at shooting free throws this year.
She thanked Ronnie Duncan, coach of the traveling team War Hoops, for “making her better” as a basketball player. Harvey also has played for the traveling teams NEO Warriors coached by Vince Wofford and the Cherokee Stars coached by Myron Bolin. She also thanked Bolin for “helping her stay on the court” and learning how to be a calmer player.
“I also want to thank my mom (Neoma Flynn) for always pushing me,” Micah said.
She also will dedicate the upcoming basketball season to her aunt Norma Eli, who is fighting a “long and hard” personal battle.
Micah said she began playing basketball in preschool and playing competitively in the fourth grade.
After finishing college, her dream is to play in the WNBA.
“I want to get stronger and better in college, so maybe someday I can go to the WNBA,” she said.
After she finishes playing basketball competitively, Micah said she wants to work for the CN as a physical therapist. She said she plans to work toward a health and physical education degree at Bacone College and then transfer to the University of Oklahoma to study physical therapy.
“I’m going to try to work for the (Cherokee) Nation because I know that Redbird (Health Center) in Sallisaw has one physical therapist, and my mom told me we actually need more physical therapists,” she said.