2010 (Senior):HEADER LAZAR MILLER HAYWARD Small Forward/Power Forward Marquette University Golden Eagles #32 6:04.5-226 Buffalo, New York Notre Dame Preparatory School
OVERVIEW Hayward was an undersized combo forward with outstanding strength and great determination, even playing in the middle for Marquette.
He can score in traffic and draw contact to get to the foul line, where he was successful on 84.3 percent of his free throw attempts as a senior, the ninth-best free-throw percentage on the school single-season record list.
After moving into the starting lineup midway through his freshman season, Hayward closed out his storied career second on the school's all-time record list in scoring, totaling 1,859 points. He played much bigger than his size would indicate and powered his way to the boards, registering 910 rebounds as a Golden Eagle, the fifth-best career total in school history.
Hayward is very comfortable operating with his back to the basket and scored 616 points as a senior, tied for seventh on the Golden Eagles' season-record list. His 667 field goals made, many coming in clutch situations, rank third in school annals. His ability to make the "money shot," saw Hayward and teammate, David Cubilian contribute to 96 victories during their careers, the sixth-best total by a player during time at Marquette.
Hayward's scoring ability from the perimeter -- the byproduct of a picture-perfect standstill jumper -- saw the senior attempt 186 three-pointers in 2009-10, the 10th-highest total by a Golden Eagle in a season. His 169 successful three-point shots tied for ninth on the Marquette career-record chart. His 514 total field goal attempts in 2009-10 rank third on the school's annual record list. He would end his tenure at Marquette by playing in 138 games, the most of any player in school history.
Hayward began to capture national attention while attending Notre Dame Preparatory School. That team featured other notables such as Michael Beasley (currently playing for the Miami Heat), former Syracuse University standout Paul Harris and current Texas-El Paso star, Derrick Caracter. He received a five-star rating from Rivals Hoops, which ranked him 18th among the nation's small forwards and 73rd overall among the 2006 recruiting class.
Hayward was a four-star prep prospect, according to Scout.com, a service that rated him the 13th-best shooting guard. Hoopmaster.com rated him the nation's 73rd-best player. The co-MVP of the National Prep School Invitational was named to the All-Prep School Invitational Team in 2005. He went on to average 18.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and shoot 42.0 percent from three-point range, while making 86.0 percent of his shots from the free throw line as a senior.
Prior to enrolling at Marquette, Hayward also starred on the AAU circuit, where he competed for the GC Ballers and the Albany City Rocks. His arrival at Marquette was delayed due to clearinghouse issues. He only averaged 16.3 minutes per game in 2006-07, but the power forward was more frustrated with his .208 three-point percentage and his defense.
Hayward would eventually force his way into the lineup for 16-of-34 games, as he was a complementary piece for a team that featured standout guards Wes Mathews, Jerel McNeal and Dominic James. He managed to average 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game during his first campaign in college.
As a sophomore, Hayward's father advised him to play like he did as a kid. The youngster took the advice to heart and worked on his game all summer. He nearly doubled his scoring (12.8 points per game) and rebounding (6.5 rebounds per game) averages in 2007-08. His three-point percentage increased from .208 to .451, earning All-Big East Conference second-team honors while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 77.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Going into his junior year, Hayward was still under the radar compared to the "Three Amigos" of Mathews, McNeal and James. But, after he started recording double-doubles on a seemingly nightly basis, opposing teams were forced to respect Hayward just as much the Big Three. He finished the 2008-09 season with then-career high averages in points (16.1 points per game) and rebounds (8.6 rebounds per game), as he joined Marquette's 1,000-point club.
In 2009-10, the trio of Matthews, Jerel McNeal and Dominic James were gone, leaving Hayward as the go-to guy. Knowing he was being counted on to be the Golden Eagles' leader, he was more than ready for the responsibility. The senior spent the summer prior to his final college season as a member of the United States squad that made the trip to Serbia for the 2009 World University Games team.
He led the U.S. squad to a bronze medal, where head coach Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) didn't allow him to post-up -- emphasizing his perimeter game in the European-style play of the tournament.
Hayward showed added explosiveness at the 2009 All-Access Media Pass event in August. He took a pass from Jimmy Butler, jumped from 12 feet away, and nearly tore down the rim. The "high flyer" was well-known by scouts for his elevation skills, thanks to his improved vertical jump that was up to 37 inches.
During the 2009-10 season, Hayward showed his range from 10-to-25 feet away, making 34.9 percent of his three-point attempts and 43.2 percent of all of his field goal chances. He brought the ball up on the fast break, registering a career-best 52 assists while recording 64 steals and averaging 7.5 rebounds per game. The power forward created daily mismatches when he posted up vs. smaller opponents, going on to average a career-high 18.1 points per game en route to earning All-American and All-Big East Conference recognition.
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON All-Big East Conference second-team choice and winner of the school's "Rebounding Effort" Award and Olouma Nnamaka "Just Today" Award...Started all 35 games at power forward, ranking tenth in the league in scoring (16.3 points per game, 570 total points), as he hit on 204-of-435 field goals (46.9 percent) that included 53-of-148 treys (35.8 percent) and 109-of-133 free throws (82.0 percent, fourth-best in the Big East)...Became the 41st player in school history to score over 1,000 points in a career...Finished seventh in the conference with an average of 8.6 rebounds per game (302 total)...Blocked nine shots, dished out 39 assists and credited with 35 steals...Fouled out twice while being charged with 89 personal fouls and 65 turn-overs.
2008-09 SEASON Registered a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds vs. Houston Baptist (11/14); was 8-of-12 shooting from the field vs. the Huskies...Posted 21 points and finished with nine rebounds vs. Chicago State (11/17)...Netted a career-high 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds vs. Milwaukee (11/22) for his seventh career double-double...Tallied 18 points and nine rebounds vs. Texas Southern (11/25)...Recorded 15 points and eight rebounds vs. Northern Iowa (11/28)...Scored 14 points with a pair of steals and eight rebounds, including five offensive boards, vs. Central Michigan (12/2)...Grabbed 10 of his career-high 13 rebounds in the second half vs. Wisconsin (12/6) and finished with a season-high two steals...Secured his team-leading third double-double of the season by the first half vs. IPFW (12/13); finished with 19 points on a career high nine field goals, and grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds, one shy of tying a Bradley Center record...Tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot vs. Tennessee (12/16)...Named to Big East Honor Roll...Went 8-of-13 from the floor and 9-of-9 from the free throw line in scoring a career-high 27 points vs. Western Carolina (12/19)...Scored 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, vs. North Carolina State (12/22)...Recorded his ninth career double-double with a game-high 22 points, on a career-best five 3-pointers, and 11 rebounds vs. Presbyterian (12/28)...Earned Big East Honor Roll for the second time this season (12/29)...Scored 15 points and added five rebounds and two steals vs. Villanova (1/1/09)...Was 4-of-6 from 3-point range and finished with 16 points vs. Cincinnati (1/4)...One of four MU players to score in double figures at Rutgers (1/7) with 10 points...Was credited with a game-high nine rebounds vs. West Virginia (1/10)...Played a career-high 37 minutes, connected on a career-high 10 field goals, and netted four of his five 3-pointers in the second half to lead Marquette to a 91-82 come-from-behind win at Providence (1/17)...Named to the Big East Honor Roll on Jan. 19...Has made 28 of his last 29 free attempts heading into Saturday's game vs. DePaul...Dominated the glass with a game-high 17 rebounds in addition to 16 points vs. DePaul (1/24)...Matched a career-high with 37 minutes played, tallying 13 points, six boards and a season-high three steals at Notre Dame (1/26)...Went 7-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line and finished with 23 points vs. Georgetown (1/31)...Played a career-high 39 minutes and tallied 14 rebounds and three assists, matching a career high, at USF (2/6)...Saw 39 minutes of action again at Villanova (2/10), and finished with 22 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half, and nine rebounds...Recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and two steals vs. St. John's (2/14)...Posted 14 points and matched a career high with two blocks vs. Seton Hall (2/17)...Recorded 11th career double-double at Georgetown (2/21) with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds...Knocked down three 3-pointers and contributed 15 points with three steals vs. UConn (2/25)...Recorded seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds at Louisville (3/1)...Tallied second consecutive double-double with 22 points and game-high 10 boards at Pittsburgh (3/4)...Added 17 points in a career-high 42 minutes played vs. Syracuse (3/7)...Shot 8-of-15 from the field and posted 17 points and nine rebounds vs. St. John's (3/11)...Recorded team-leading ninth double-double of the season (14th career) with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds vs. Villanova (3/12)...Scored MU's first 10 points of the game and finished with a game-high 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Utah State (3/20)...Claimed his 10th double-double of the season vs. Missouri (3/22) with 13 points and game-high 11 rebounds...concluded the year averaging 16.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game...earned third letter.
GAME ANALYSIS 2007-08 SEASON All-Big East Conference second-team choice as a sophomore, starting 33-of-35 games at power forward...Made a career-best 45.1 percent of his three-point tries (41-of-91), hitting on 47.4 percent of his total field goal chances (158-of-333), as he was also successful on 77.3 percent of his free throw attempts (92-of-119)...Grabbed 228 rebounds (6.5 rebounds per game) with 13 blocked shots, 39 steals and 21 assists...Fouled out of three games, as he collected 94 personal fouls and 63 turnovers.
2007-08 SEASON Led all reserves with 11 points in 16 minutes on 4-of-5 shooting from the field vs. IUPUI (11/10)...Added 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting in addition to five rebounds vs. Utah Valley (11/12)...In first start of the season, scored 15 points and had eight rebounds vs. Chaminade (11/19)...Tied a career high with four steals and two blocks vs. Oklahoma State (11/20)...Tallied 14 points, while shooting 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the field vs. Duke (11/21)...Averaged 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in three games played at the Maui Invitational...Netted 19 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in producing his first-career double-double vs. UW-Milwaukee (11/30)...Tallied 11 points and six rebounds vs. Wisconsin (12/8)...Scored 12 points while shooting 5-of-7 from the field and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds vs. Sacramento State (12/15)...Garnered 14 points and eight rebounds vs. IPFW (12/17)...Finished with five rebounds and 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor vs. Coppin State (12/21)...Tallied 12 points, two blocks, three steals and posted a game-high eight rebounds vs. Savannah State (12/29)...Drained a career-high three 3-pointers and shot 4-of-4 from the foul line to finish with 17 points, including six rebounds and two steals vs. Providence (1/3)...Matched Wesley Matthews with a team-high 13 points and matched a career-best with three 3-pointers before fouling out vs. West Virginia (1/6)...Tallied second career double-double with 17-points, 11-rebound effort vs. Notre Dame (1/12) and matched a career-high with four steals...Scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the first half vs. Connecticut (1/20)...Posted 14 points and team-high seven rebounds in 18 minutes vs. DePaul...Poured in a career- and game-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe vs. South Florida (1/29), and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds...Netted 14 of his 19 points in the second half vs. Cincinnati (2/2)...Named to the Big East Honor Roll (2/4)...Tallied team-leading third double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds vs. Notre Dame (2/8), in addition to a career-high three assists...Matched a season high with 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including three 3-pointers and 5-of-5 shooting from the free throw line, in addition to nine rebounds and two steals, vs. Seton Hall (2/12)...Scored a game-high 15 points vs. Rutgers (2/23)...Matched a career-high with four steals vs. Georgetown (3/1)...Tallied fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds and knocked down three 3-pointers vs. Florida Gulf Coast (3/4)...Registered 15 points and seven rebounds vs. Notre Dame (3/13)...Contributed 10 points and seven rebounds vs. Pittsburgh (3/14)...Played a season-high 35 minutes and shot 7-of-11 from the field to finish with 16 points and seven rebounds vs. Kentucky (3/20).
GAME ANALYSIS 2006-07 SEASON Hayward started 16-of-34 games as a freshman after arriving late on campus due to NCAA Clearinghouse issues...Scored 224 points (6.6 points per game) and had 124 rebounds (3.6 rebounds per game)...Had 10 assists, three blocked shots and 20 steals...Hit on just 20.8 percent of his three-point tries (10-of-48), 42.8 percent of his field goals (83-of-194) and shot 66.7 percent from the foul line (48-of-72).
2006-07 SEASON Scored six points in his collegiate debut and grabbed five boards vs. Hillsdale Coll. (Nov. 10)...scored 14 points in 17 minutes vs. Detroit (Nov. 14), where he also swiped four steals...had a career high eight rebounds and two assists to go along with eight points in win over Eastern Mich. (Nov. 18)...registered eight points in 15 minutes vs. Valparaiso (Nov. 27)...clocked in 18 minutes and scored six points vs. North Dakota State (Dec. 2)...scored 10 points and matched a career best with eight rebounds in 21 minutes vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 9)...tallied 13 points and grabbed a team high seven rebounds vs. UMBC (Dec. 16)...scored six points in 14 minutes vs. Oakland (Dec. 19)...in 20 minutes, scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds vs. Morgan State (Dec. 22)...scored 12 points, going 8-for-8 from the free throw line, while playing 21 minutes off the bench...scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds in 18 minutes vs. Syracuse (Jan. 7)...in 16 minutes vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 24), had seven points and three rebounds...recorded five points and five rebounds in 13 minutes vs. Providence (Feb. 3)...matched a career high with 14 points vs. Georgetown (Feb. 10)...matched a season high with eight rebounds again DePaul (Feb. 14)...playing in a career-high 28 minutes vs. Villanova (Feb. 19), scored a career-best 18 points...reached double-digits in points (14) for the eighth time this season, vs. St. John's (Mar. 7)...registered 11 points vs. Pittsburgh (Mar. 8).
GAME ANALYSIS Poured in a career high 28 points, including 18 points in the second half, in win over Maryland Eastern Shore (11/17)...Scored 12 points vs. Grambling State (11/21) and had a career-high four assists...Scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the first half and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in win over South Dakota (11/24)...Named to the Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 23.3 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game...Posted a game-high 27 points vs. Xavier (11/26)...Finished with 22 points and nine rebounds vs. Michigan (11/27)...Recorded his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds and matched career-high with four steals vs. Florida State (11/29)...Named to Big East Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 30...Contributed 15 points vs. N.C. State (12/5)...Chipped in 13 points and two steals vs. Milwaukee (12/8)...Had a game-high 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Wisconsin (12/12) and matched a career-high with two blocks...Tallied a game-high 23 points and three steals and had seven rebounds vs. Presbyterian (12/27)...Registered 17 of his game-high 24 points in the first half and finished 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc vs. West Virginia (12/29)...Recorded 17 points and a season-high 14 rebounds vs. Villanova (1/2)...Posted his second consecutive double-double by recording 12 points and 11 rebounds and matched a career-high with four steals vs. Georgetown (1/6)...Scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half vs. Villanova (1/9) and finished with a team-high four 3-pointers, eight rebounds and three steals...Pitched in 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting vs. Providence (1/17)...Led Marquette with 14 points, all in the first half, and posted a team-high eight rebounds vs. DePaul (1/20)...Contributed 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds vs. Syracuse (1/23)...Paced MU with 12 rebounds and added 12 points vs. Rutgers (1/26)...Added 20 points and knocked down four 3-pointers, matching a career high, vs. Connecticut (1/30)...Tied his his season-high mark of 14 rebounds, scored 19 points and regiestered a game-high three steals vs. DePaul (2/3)...Scored 20 points in the second half in a come-from-behind win vs. Providence (2/6), and matched career highs in points (28), assists (4), steals (4) and 3-point field goals (5)...Named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on Feb. 8...Recorded his team-leading seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds to go along with three steals and a pair of blocks vs. USF (2/13)...Named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on Feb. 15, his fourth nod of the season...Registered 11 points vs. Pittsburgh (2/18) to become the only player in MU history to record 1,700 career points and over 800 career rebounds...Scored five of his 13 points in overtime and added 11 rebounds in win over Cincinnati (2/21)...Led Marquette with with a game-high 22 points and was 6-of-6 from the free throw line at St. John's (2/23)...Added a team-high 23 points and career-high three blocks vs. Seton Hall (2/28)...Scored 12 of his team-high 18 points in the first half vs. Notre Dame (3/6)...Was 4-of-6 shooting from distance to finish with a game-high 20 points and added nine rebounds and three steals vs. St. John's (3/10)...Shot 7-of-11 from the field and contributed 20 points and seven boards vs. Villanova (3/11)...Registered 15 points and three steals vs. Georgetown (3/12)...Named to the Big East All-Tournament team...Capped off his MU career with a 20-point effort vs. Washington (3/18) and matched career-highs with four assists and four steals.
2009-10 SEASON All-American honorable mention by The NBA Draft Report and Associated Press...All-Big East Conference second-team choice...Named the team's recipient of the "Rebounding Effort," Golden Eagle "Everyday Tough" and Most Valuable Performer awards...Started all 34 games at power forward, leading the team while ranking sixth in the conference in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game, as his 616 total points rank seventh on the school season-record list...Made 43.2 percent of his field goal attempts, as his 514 shots rank third and his 222 successful field goals rank 11th on the Marquette annual record list...Hit on 65-of-186 three-point tries (34.9 percent)...Made 84.3 percent of his free throws (107-of-127), the ninth-best free throw percentage in a season by a Golden Eagle...Paced the team and finished ninth in the league with 256 rebounds (7.5 rebounds per game)...Handed out a career-best 52 assists and had a career-high 64 steals and 18 blocked shots...Was disqualified four times, as he led the team with 115 personal fouls and had 67 turnovers.
CAREER NOTES Hayward played in a school-record 138 games at Marquette...He participated in 96 victories, the sixth-most in a career by a Golden Eagles player...Ranks second in school annals in scoring with 1,859 points, topped by only Jerel McNeal (1,985 points, 2005-09)...His 570 points scored as a junior and 616 points as a senior (eighth player in school annals to score over 600 points in a season) rank 12th and seventh, respectively, on the Marquette season-record list...Ranks third in school annals with 1,476 field goal attempts and 667 field goals made...His 222 successful field goals in 2009-10 rank eleventh and his 514 attempts that year rank third on the Golden Eagles annual record list...Made 84.3 percent of his free throws as a senior, the ninth-best free throw percentage in a season at Marquette, as his 186 three-point chances as a senior placed tenth on the school season-record list...His 169 three-pointers made rank tied for ninth on the school career-record chart...Also finished fifth in Marquette history with 910 rebounds.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Notre Dame (Fitchburg, Mass.) Preparatory School, where the basketball team also featured other notable players, like Michael Beasley (currently playing for the Miami Heat), Syracuse University standout Paul Harris and current Texas-El Paso star, Derrick Caracter...Received a five-star rating from Rivals Hoops, which ranked him 18th among the nation's small forwards and 73rd overall among the 2006 recruiting class...Was a four-star prep prospect, according to Scout.com, a service that rated him the 13th-best shooting guard in the country...Hoopmaster.com rated him the nation's 73rd-best player...The co-MVP of the National Prep School Invitational was named to the All-Prep School Invitational Team in 2005...Averaged 18.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and shoot 42.0 percent from three-point range, while making 86.0 percent of his shots from the free throw line as a senior.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS 2009 SUMMER Earned a bronze medal at the World University Games with USA Basketball in Belgrade, Serbia...Scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the third-place game...Averaged 9.3 points and 5. 6 rebounds per game to rank third on the roster in both categories...Was the14th Marquette player in school history to compete for the United States national team in international competition.
PERSONAL Social Welfare and Justice major...Son of Lazar Hayward, Sr...Born Lazar Miller Hayward on 11/26/86...Resides in Buffalo, New York.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Undersized for the "four" spot, but more than compensates for a lack of height with great power (15 reps in the bench press test), excellent wingspan (7-foot-1), impressive standing reach (8-6) and greatly improved leaping ability (improved his vertical jump from 29-inches as a freshman to 36-inches at the recent Chicago pre-draft camp)...Well-built with a V-shaped torso, long arms and minimal body fat (7.5 percent)...Valuable catch-and-shoot threat, getting most of his offensive success from his standstill jumper and improved perimeter range (35.7 percent three-point shooter)...Plays bigger than you might think based on his listed height, using his strength to absorb and draw contact and his explosive motor to create mismatches vs. bigger forward...From a 66.7 percent shooter as a freshman to an 84.3 percent success rate as a senior, Hayward capitalized on his ability to get to the foul line...Hard worker on help defense, who might not have elite lateral agility, but does pose problems for shooters -- has good timing and gets excellent position...Above-average spot-up shooter who uses his power well to combat vs. bigger forwards...Aggressive attacking the glass and is slippery enough to get inside position against taller players and secure the ball off the offensive boards...Has very good mid-range and solid long-range potential...Just learning how to create his own shot off the dribble, but shows good hands to field the ball off the screen and can put the ball on the floor if needed...Can absorb contact well and is a solid finisher in transition...Is quick to read defenses, understands positioning and is a good passer...Can use his left hand to score in the paint.
Negatives: Has just adequate court quickness (3.31 three-quarter-court sprint) and will have to shift to small forward and defend vs. quicker wing players...Lacks the lateral agility to maintain position vs. players who can shoot from the perimeter but also have the speed to get to the rim...Has greatly improved his leaping ability, but even with his wingspan, he does not get the explosive burst off the floor to contest many shots (blocked just 43 in 3,648 minutes of action)...Tried to do too much as a senior, and while he improved his scoring range, he has a loose dribble that invites turnovers...Can get out of control on defense, taking too many chances that lead to costly fouls...Lack of lateral agility is evident when assigned to cover perimeter shooters...Not the fastest runner on the floor and looks lethargic at times operating on the fast break...Best shooting from a standstill position; lacks the ability to keep his feet under him when shooting, especially on the move or coming off the dribble...Increased assist total as a senior, but is not a capable ball-handler who will earn minutes at off-guard...Rarely creates his own shot and his erratic passing makes him a liability when he puts the ball on the floor.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: JARED DUDLEY, Phoenix -- A college power forward, Hayward lacks the ideal size to play that spot in the NBA. The problem playing him on the wing is an obvious lack of court quickness to cover most shooting guards. He has good power driving to the basket, but becomes too focused on the perimeter than drawing contact. He is good at getting physical with perimeter shooters to generate solid pressure defense. More likely a second-round prospect, but a team that values versatility might bite late in the first round.