Links: NABC All-District Release
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – More awards were bestowed to senior Juvaris Hayes and fourth-year head coach Joe Gallo of the Merrimack College men’s basketball program on Monday when the duo received honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Hayes landed on the NABC All-District 15 First Team while Gallo was named the District’s Coach of the Year.
For both individuals, Monday’s announcement continued an established trend of postseason recognitions. Hayes previously was named Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference first team in addition to his selection on the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District I squad. Gallo garnered his third Coach of the Year accolade after honors from both the NEC and the USBWA (District I).
The NABC’s all-district teams and coaches of the year were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I.
Hayes joined four other NEC players as the five members of the NABC’s All-District 15 First Team; six NEC players in total received All-NABC honors. In addition to the recognitions mentioned above and Monday’s NABC award, Hayes received multiple NEC Player of the Week honors, a National Mid-Major Player of the Week nod and a spot on the Lou Henson Award Midseason Watch List during an immensely successful senior season.
The Paterson, N.J. native ended the season as the NEC’s leader in assists per game, dishing out 198 through 31 games for an average of 6.4 per contest. Offensively, he averaged 10.7 points per game, ending the year with double-digit scoring performances in six of his final seven contests. He concluded the regular season as the Warriors’ team leader in assists (6.4), rebounds (4.7) and steals (3.9), serving as the catalyst of the team’s offensive and defensive game plans. In his career, Hayes is the program’s all-time assists and steals leader while ranking in the top-10 in both career points and career rebounds.
Gallo directed his Warriors to the outright NEC Regular Season Championship, becoming the first program ever to win an outright conference regular season crown in its first season reclassifying to Division I. The Warriors’ 20 wins to date are the most of the eight Division I men’s basketball programs in the state of Massachusetts, and 2019-20 marked the first time in school history that program posted three consecutive 20-win seasons. His career win total has surpassed 80 this season, and he was the unanimous selection for NEC Coach of the Year.