Hayes Named NABC All-District First Team
Sophomore point guard Juvaris Hayes of the Merrimack College men’s basketball program added to his collection of postseason honors, landing on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-District First Team. The all-district squads were selected based on voting conducted by NABC member Division II coaches.
The honor from the NABC comes after Hayes earned recognition on the 2017-18 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) All-East Region Men’s Basketball First Team. Hayes is now eligible to become a D2CAA All-American, with those announcements coming later this week.
Hayes added his first career all-district honor to a campaign that already featured a spot on the Northeast-10 Conference First Team and a Preseason All-American nod in the Street and Smith’s Yearbook. Hayes was only the sophomore recognized as an all-district selection.
The Paterson, N.J. completed his second season by scoring his 1,000th career point, finishing the year with career highs in total points (578) and scoring average (17.8). Hayes led Merrimack in points, assists (255), rebounds (187) and steals (124), while ranking among the top-two nationwide in assists, assists per game (8.0), steals and steals per game (3.9). Merrimack’s primary ball handler led the NE10 in all four categories.
Hayes set a new NE10 single-season record in steals, and totaled the fifth most thefts ever in Division II single-season history. Through two seasons, Hayes boasts 542 career assists and 211 career steals. If he maintains those averages, the sophomore is on pace to break both NCAA records.
NE10 student-athletes Tim Guers (Saint Anselm) Chris Walthers (Southern New Hampshire) and Ryan Richmond (Bentley) joined Hayes on the first team, as did Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Justin Reyes and Goldey Beacom’s Corey Taite.