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Eric Hayes works out for Washington Wizards

Former Maryland guard Eric Hayes didn't get a chance to speak with Greivis Vasquez after Vasquez participated in Monday's NBA Draft workout at Verizon Center for the Washington Wizards. He did, however, make sure to catch some of the video clips from Vasquez's workout to better prepare himself for his own chance to perform in front of Wizards personnel.

"I saw on TV some of the stuff they were doing, so I was a little familiar with the drills we were going to be doing," Hayes said following Tuesday's workout at Verizon Center.

Along with California's Jerome Randle, Cornell's Ryan Wittman, Oklahoma's Tiny Gallon and Morgan State's Reggie Holmes, Hayes took part in a workout that lasted roughly 90 minutes and concluded with a shooting drill in which Hayes made all seven of his shots.

Hayes said he has one more NBA team workout on tap, but hopes to add a few more over the next month as he starts to get a little more exposure. He is working to show teams he possesses more than just an accurate shooting touch.

"If I can come in here and shoot the ball real well and also show my point guard skills where I can get other guys shots," Hayes said when asked how he aims to gain attention from teams. "I think being able to do a few different things will get me recognized."

Hayes earned a measure of recognition in April while winning the national three-point shootout at the Final Four in Indianapolis. Two of the players Hayes defeated in that contest were Wittman and Randle, and while Hayes said Wittman didn't challenge him to a rematch, he acknowledged Randle was out for a little revenge.

When asked if he was able to exact any revenge on either Hayes or Wittman, Randle replied with a grin: "A little bit. I think I shot pretty good today."

So did Hayes. Randle said Hayes's consistent shooting form is what enables the former Maryland guard to be so accurate.

Hayes's hands are "always over his head," Randle said. "He leaves his form up, so every time he just leaves it up until it goes in the basket. A lot of guys bring their hand down and it takes away from the elevation of their shot. He does a great job with that."

By Steve Yanda  |  June 1, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Is Hayes any good at shagging balls and putting them back on the rack? If so, I think he's got a bright future in the NBA.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | June 1, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Pure PG. Hope he gets a shot somewhere in the NBA. Otherwise, make a ton in Europe. See him as a coach someday. Stats from Mich St media guide in terms of career standings: Scoring #32, Assists #6, Steals #16, 3-pt FG #4, FT% #1. Warm memories of his steady play.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | June 1, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

EH definitely is an NBA possible. The NBA is all about shooting. The loose D should work for him.

Posted by: MrScrotums | June 1, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Might take him a few years for the right spot, but I could see Hayes as a 3-pt specialist somewhere down the line

Posted by: jpfterps | June 2, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I see him as a three point specialist in Greece

Posted by: fushezzi | June 4, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Disagree a bit; the guy had great court vision and good size for a PG....but he came in with GV. Was a bit reticent in taking shots throughout his career; most pure shooters never see a shot they don't like. He was a really good, underrated passer. Right situation, he could do well. Wrong situation, and he is in Greece...making a ton of money regardless. He is a PG; think he needs to sell himself as such with the dead-eye shooting being a plus.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | June 4, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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