Haynes leads UTA into Southland tourney

March, 10, 2010
3/10/10
8:29
AM CT
When the UT Arlington takes the court against Stephen F. Austin at noon today in the quarterfinals of the Southland Conference tournament in Katy, Texas, guard Marquez Haynes will be ready.

Marquez Haynes
AP Photo/Al GoldisSouthland Conference player of the year Marquez Haynes is third in the NCAA with an average of 22.8 points per game.
It’s unlikely he’ll be jumping up and down wildly or getting in the face of his teammates. That’s not really Haynes’ style. But he’ll be focused on helping his team, seeded 7th, pull off an upset of the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Two years ago, when UTA advanced to the NCAA tournament, they did so as a No. 7 seed. The game can be heard live on www.utamavs.com.

If the Mavericks are to go on a tournament run, Haynes must be a big part of it. Haynes was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year on Tuesday with an average of 22.8 points per game. That’s good enough for third in the nation in scoring. The senior from Irving is just the second UTA player to be named player of the year (Albert Culton, 1982).

Haynes’ goal is to make the NBA. He knows his chances of being drafted are slim, but he hopes to end up in a tryout camp with a team and to show that he can compete at the highest level. He was invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in April, which hosts 64 seniors hoping to impress NBA scouts before the draft.

“I know the question about me is whether I can do it against top competition,” Haynes said. “If I can prove myself, then maybe I’ll get a chance with a team.”

Haynes, a transfer from Boston College, has attracted some attention because of his scoring consistency. He has totaled 20 or more points 19 times this season and has a school-record seven 30-point games. Haynes is a pretty objective critic of his own game, saying that his strengths are his speed, jumping ability, and athleticism, which he says helps him create space to shoot. He cites court vision and off-the-ball defense as areas of improvement.

“I’m really focused on getting better about that and using court vision to get all my teammates involved,” Haynes said.

Haynes said he chose UTA because he had a previous relationship with head coach Scott Cross, who tried to recruit Haynes out of high school.

“I’m glad I came here,” Haynes said. “I’ve improved and become a better player. I like our chances in the tournament. We lost our last few games coming in, but we had a pretty good winning streak before that.”

The Mavericks lost their last three games, but won eight of their previous nine prior to the losing streak. If they win today, they’ll face the winner of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi-UTSA game on Thursday.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: OSU scandal

Part 2 of the articles on OSU's involvment in academic fraud was released. Some claim the expose is unfounded. Ian and Richard warn that there are two sides to all stories.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Longhorns talk

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mack Brown, Manny Diaz and all the latest with the Texas Longhorns.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Barkley on Manziel

Fitzsimmons and Durrett give you the latest on the Johnny Manziel story and Charles Barkley weighs in. You won't believe who the outspoken NBA Hall of Famer is disappointed in and what he thinks about the autograph allegations.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Kirk Herbstreit

Kirk Herbstreit joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett for his weekly visit to preview the 2013 college football season.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Andy Dalton

Former TCU and current Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the expectations for the Bengals this season, give a prediction for the TCU-LSU game and talk about what it's like having the Hard Knocks cameras follow him.

Galloway and Company: Manziel talk

Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley, and Mark Friedman react to Dez Bryant's comments regarding the NCAA's ongoing investigation of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Dez Bryant sounds off

Richard Durrett, Ian Fitzsimmons and Glenn "Stretch" Smith react to Dez Bryant sounding off yesterday after practice about Johnny Manziel and the shadiness of the NCAA.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Dan Beebe

Former NCAA investigator and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to weigh in on the Johnny Manziel drama and give some insight as to what goes on during an NCAA investigation.