Sophomore point guard Juvaris Hayes of the Merrimack College men’s basketball program earned recognition on the 2017-18 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) All-East Region Men’s Basketball First Team, as announced by the organization on Monday. Hayes is now eligible to become a D2CAA All-American, with those announcements coming next week.
Hayes added his first career all-region 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-region selection.
The Paterson, N.J. completed his second year by scoring 1,000th career point, finishing the year with career highs in 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) and Chris Walthers (Southern New Hampshire) joined Hayes on the first team, as did Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Justin Reyes and Goldey Beacom’s Corey Taite. Reyes was named East Region Player of the Year.
Sports Information Directors from NCAA Division II East Region schools and conferences selected the two All-Region teams. The process concludes with All-American selections announced in later this month. This is the second year the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association has sponsored the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball All-Region and All-American teams.
The Division II CCA encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.