LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball coach Bob Marlin announced on Monday the addition of junior college guard Jeremy Hayes to a National Letter-of-Intent for the 2018-19 season.
Hayes, a native of Roseland, La., averaged 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a sophomore at Howard (Texas) College. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound product earned first-team All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference honors and was a NJCAA Region 5 selection.
“We’re excited to have Jeremy join the Ragin’ Cajuns family,” Marlin said. “Jeremy is an experienced guard that can score and handle the basketball. He is a good defensive player – similar to the style of Frank Bartley and Johnathan Stove – and he will help us offset the loss of (injured incoming freshman) Kobe Julien.”
The WJCAC Newcomer of the Year led the Hawks to a 22-9 record and a 10-6 mark in league play. Hayes, who was listed as the No. 67 recruit by JucoRecruiting.com, started all 31 games at Howard and shot 42 percent from the field (148-for-347), 39 percent (50-for-128) from behind the 3-point line and 83 percent (151-for-183) from the charity stripe.
Hayes played in 15 games with 12 starts as a freshman at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College in 2016-17 where he averaged 10.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
A graduate of John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif., Hayes was named to Pasadena Star-News All-Area team as a senior in 2015. Hayes played his sophomore season at Amite High School where he was a second-team all-district by the New Orleans Advocate.
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LOUISIANA RAGIN’ CAJUNS MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNING CLASS
R.J. Gladney, F – 6-7, 200, DeRidder, La. (DeRidder HS)
Jeremy Hayes, G – 6-3, 175, Roseland, La. (John Muir [Calif.] HS/Howard College)
Kobe Julien, G/F – 6-6, 215, Baton Rouge, La. (Madison Prep Academy)
Kristian Lafayette, F – 6-10, 200, Detroit, Mich (Hazel Park HS/TaylorMade Academy)
Trajan Wesley, G – 5-10, 165, Houston, Texas (Cy Falls HS)