Junior point guard Juvaris Hayes saw his heralded 2018-19 campaign continue on Monday when the Warriors’ all-conference and all-region starting point guard earned a spot on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District First Team.
The now two-time NABC All-District First Team honoree is now under consideration for NABC All-American honors, a distinction that a Warrior has not received since Darin “Dee” Mency in 2011. Hayes already boasts Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association All-East Region First Team, Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, NE10 All-Conference First Team, NE10 Championship All-Tournament Team, two NE10 Player of the Week nods, a United States Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Week selection and a Street & Smith Preseason All-American honor this year.
Hayes completed his year by becoming the first player in NCAA history (across all divisions) to post a single season with at least 600 points, 200 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals; the floor general finished the year with a career-best 618 points, 217 rebounds and 125 steals to go along with 212 helpers, his third straight year with at least 200 assists. Hayes’ theft total bested his own NE10 single-season record of 124 set one year ago.
In the national ranks, the Paterson N.J. native led the country in both total steals and steals per game (3.9) while ranking third in total assists and sixth in helpers per contest (6.6). He led the NE10 in all those areas except assists per game, where he ranked second. His career season on the glass saw Hayes establish new career highs in total boards, offensive rebounds (70) and rebounding average (6.8). Hayes was the only player in the NE10 to rank among the top 15 in points, rebounds, assists and steals per game.
Offensively, Hayes posted the year of his career. He recorded the first 600-point season in school history since Steve Curran ’92 in 1991-92, and the most overall points in a single year for a Warrior since Paul Neal in 1989. His career-high 241 field goals made ranks as the most for a Merrimack play since Joe Dickson ’84 in 1984; that total led the NE10 and ranked 14th nationwide. Hayes shot a career-high 53.4 percent from the field, scorrf in double figures in 30 of 32 games and notched 13 games of at least 20 points. His 46-point performance in the NE10 Quarterfinals against Adelphi registered as the highest scoring output for a Merrimack player in a single game since 1997.
In the Division II record books, Hayes finished his three-year run ranking in a tie for fourth (125 – 2018-19) and sixth (124 – 2017-18) in the single-season steal rankings. His 336 career thefts placed in him 10th all-time in DII history. Via his school record-setting 287-assist campaign as a freshman, Hayes will forever rank among the top 15 in single-season DII history for helpers; his 754 career assists are 16th most in DII as well as the fourth most in the NE10 annals.