Junior Juvaris Hayes of the Merrimack College men’s basketball program put a cap on his heralded 2018-19 campaign on Tuesday when he was named an All-American by the Division II Bulletin, receiving the honor for the second consecutive season.
With the accolades, Hayes became just sixth two-time All-American student-athlete in program history and first since Darren Duncan accomplished the feat with selections during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 campaigns. Hayes and Duncan are the only two Warriors in the last 35 years to earn All-American accolades in more than one season during their Merrimack careers.
Hayes completed an awards mantle that also features a National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District First Team selection and a Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-East Region First Team honor. The Paterson, N.J. native won the Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year award, earned a spot on the NE10 All-Conference First Team for the second straight year, was a two-time NE10 Player of the Week selection and once received the United States Basketball Writers Association Division II National Player of the Week award. Hayes also started the year with a Preseason All-American nod in the Street & Smith Yearbook.
Merrimack’s floor general 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; Hayes 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.
Across Division II, the Paterson N.J. native led the country in both total steals and per game average at 3.9, while ranking third in total assists and sixth in helpers per contest (6.6). He led the NE10 in total steals, steals per game and total assists, and ranked second in assists per game. His career season on the glass saw Hayes establish new career highs in total rebounds, offensive boards (70) and rebounding average (6.8). Hayes was the lone NE10 player to rank among the top 15 in the league 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 season since Paul Neal in 1989. His career-high 241 field goals made ranks as the most for a Merrimack player 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, scored 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 in over two decades (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. He finished his DII career 10th all-time with 336 career steals. 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 history.