Three-point title in hand, Eric Hayes looks toward the future
As is his custom, Maryland senior guard Eric Hayes initially tried to play off Thursday night's three-point shooting championship at the Indiana Convention Center as if it were just another day on the court. He'd done this drill countless times growing up, firing three-pointer after three-pointer. Though back then his father, Kendall, would be under the basket, ready to feed the ball back to him.
But it didn't take long for Hayes to acknowledge Thursday night's contest was slightly different than any he'd participated in before, which made winning the event all the more meaningful. Among the players Hayes competed against were California's Jerome Randle, New Mexico's Roman Martinez, UCLA's Michael Roll and Cornell's Ryan Wittman, each of whom shot better than 40 percent from three-point range this season.
"We had a countywide [three-point shooting] contest in high school," Hayes said. "I actually won that, too. But it's nothing compared to the competition we've got out here. There's a lot of great shooters. One of the best fields, I think, that we've had in a while here. Being at the Final Four, it's another great opportunity to showcase myself."
Certainly, winning a three-point shooting contest against a collection of the top long-range shooters in the country will not hurt Hayes in the marketing department. At this point, every accomplishment helps.
Hayes said he is in the process of selecting an agent to represent him as he pursues the continuation of his basketball career. He'll pick an agent within the next few weeks, and he said he hopes to begin working out for NBA teams in May.
"I'm definitely going to try to play in the NBA, whatever chances I have there," Hayes said. "And if that doesn't work out, then I'll definitely consider going overseas and playing there, as well."
April 2, 2010; 7:56 AM ET
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