NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior point guard Juvaris Hayes of the Merrimack College men’s basketball team was named to the Lou Henson All-American Team, marking the third straight season Hayes has been named an All-American.
Hayes joined some of the top mid-major student-athletes nationwide as Lou Henson All-Americans, which includes the best mid-majors players in all of Division I. The point guard’s list of end-of-season accolades includes Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, NEC All-Conference First Team, USBWA All-District I Team, NABC All-District First Team, 2020 Lefty Driesell Award as the nation’s top defensive player and now a spot on the Loud Henson All-American squad.
Hayes’ noteworthy season included leading all of Division I in both total steals (121) and steals per game (3.9). Hayes picked up his game in Northeast Conference (NEC) action, averaging 4.5 steals per game – more than two thefts more than the next closest NEC competitor – and posted 81 steals overall, more than double the total of the next closest player. He also led the country in steal percentage (6.5) and posted nine separate games with at least five steals, including a career-high tying nine at Central Connecticut.
The point guard established a new NCAA record (across divisions) in career steals with 457, breaking a 17-year mark. Hayes posted at least 120 steals in each of his last three seasons, finishing his senior year with the third most steals in a single year in NEC history. As a sophomore, Hayes set a Northeast-10 Conference (Division II) single-season record with 124 thefts, only to best that one year later as a junior with a career-high 125-steal campaign.
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.