- Years: 2006-2010
- Numbers: 24, 32
- Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
- High School: Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)
- Height/Weight: 6-6 / 225
- Position: Forward
- Birthdate: November 26, 1985
Hayward played at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. … was rated among the top-25 wings by Scout.com and the number 69 overall prospect of 2006 by Hoopmaster.com's Van Coleman … averaged 27.0 points and was named All-Prep School Invitational Team in 2005 … averaged 18.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and shot 42.0 percent from three point range and 86.0 percent from the free throw line as a senior … co-MVP of the National Prep School Invitational.
- Marquette (verbal)
- Seton Hall
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|2007-08||35- 33||889||25.4||158- 333||.474||41- 91||.451||92-119||.773||66||162||228||6.5||21||39||13||63||94||449||12.8||23|
|2008-09||35- 35||1109||31.7||204- 435||.469||53-148||.358||109-133||.820||99||203||302||8.6||39||35||9||65||89||570||16.3||27|
|2009-10||34- 34||1097||32.3||222- 514||.432||65-186||.349||107-127||.843||72||184||256||7.5||52||64||18||67||115||616||18.1||28|
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 … 14th MU player in school history to compete for the United State in international competition.
Claimed MU's “Rebounding Effort” Award and Olouma Nnamaka “Just Today” Award … finished ranked among the BIG EAST leaders in scoring (10th, 16.3 ppg.), rebounding (7th, 8.6 rpg.) and free throw percentage (4th, 82.0) … became the 41st player in MU history to record 1,000 career points with his first basketball vs. Georgetown (1/31) … Registered a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds vs. Houston Baptist (11/14); was 8 -of-12 shooting from the field against 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. NC 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. Johnn'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.
All-BIG EAST Second Team … 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 St. (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 8-9 from the charity stripe vs. USF (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 8-16 shooting, including three 3-pointers and 5-5 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).
Scored six points in his collegiate debut and grabbed five boards against Hillsdale Coll. (Nov. 10) … scored 14 points in 17 minutes against 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 against 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 against Wisconsin (Dec. 9) … tallied 13 points and grabbed a team high seven rebounds against UMBC (Dec. 16) … scored six points in 14 minutes vs. Oakland (Dec. 19) … in 20 minutes, scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds against 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 against Seton Hall (Jan. 24), had seven points and three rebounds … recorded five points and five rebounds in 13 minutes against Providence (Feb. 3) … matched a career high with 14 points against Georgetown (Feb. 10) … matched a season high with eight rebounds again DePaul (Feb. 14) … playing in a career-high 28 minutes against Villanova (Feb. 19), scored a career-best 18 points … reached double-digits in points (14) for the eighth time this season, against St. John's (Mar. 7) … registered 11 points against Pittsburgh (Mar. 8).
Originally wore #24, which George Thompson wore. Thompson's #24 had been retired decades earlier. Upon realizing Hayward wore #24, a story appeared in the Journal Sentinel that he was unhappy. Shortly thereafter, Hayward switched his number to #32.
- 2nd, Points (1,859)
- 5th, Rebounds (910)
- 7th (tie), Points (616)
- 3rd, Field Goals Attempted (514)
- 10th, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (186)
- 9th, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (45.1%)
- 4th (tie), Points (616)
- 7th, Field Goals Made (222)
- 3rd, Field Goals Attempted (514)
- 6th (tie), Three Point Field Goals Made (65)
- 4th, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (186)
- 4th, Free Throw Percentage (min. 100 att.) (84.3%)
- 4th, Steals (64)
- 6th, Points (570)
- 8th, Field Goals Made (204)
- 7th, Field Goals Attempted (435)
- 7th, Three Point Field Goals Made (53)
- 6th, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (148)
- 10th, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (35.8%)
- 4th, Free Throw Percentage (min. 100 att.) (81.9%)
- 7th, Rebounds (302)
- 10th, Three Point Field Goals Made (41)
- 5th, Free Throw Percentage (min. 100 att.) (77.2%)
- 2007-08 All-Big East, Second Team
Lazar is represented by Excel Sports Management.
After participating in the NCAA Slam Dunk competition (placed 3rd) and the Reese's College Senior All-Star Game (scored 23 points and made 5 three-pointers) that preceded the Final Four, Lazar decided not to take part in the 2010 Portsmouth Invitational. He was to be a member of the Roger Brown's team.
His official NBA Pre-Draft measurements were as follows:
|Height w/o Shoes||Height w/Shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Reach||Bodyfat||Hand Length||Hand Width||No Step Vert||No Step Vert Reach||Max Vert||Max Vert Reach||Bench||Agility||Sprint|
|6' 4.5”||6' 5.75”||226 lbs.||7' 0.75”||8' 6”||7.5%||9.25”||9.50”||31.0”||11' 1”||36.0”||11' 6”||15 reps||10.87 sec.||3.31 sec.|
The two most impressive numbers for NBA scouts were Lazar's wingspan (one of only two sub-6'5” players with a seven-foot wingspan), his 36 inch vert (tied for 17th overall), as well as his agility drill time of 10.87 seconds, which was second to the soon-to-be #1 overall pick John Wall's 10.84 seconds.
Lazar had workouts with thirteen NBA teams: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma City, San Antonio (twice), and Utah.
ESPN college basketball analyst, Jay Bilas, commented on Lazar's NBA potential:
“Lazar is a good prospect…I think he's got a chance to be a contributor on a team. I don't see him as a starter, but I think he would be a solid guy coming off your bench and he'd give you some quality minutes.”
One general manager who attended the Minnesota workouts talked about Lazar to ESPN's Andy Katz:
“He was one of the three best basketball players who participated in the workout…He knows how to play. He's not sexy. But he knows who he is. If you put him on a playoff team that is picking in the 20s, you could plug him in the rotation…If you talk to coaches in the Big East, they'll tell you that he does everything for your team, playing the two, the three or the four…He makes good decisions, boxes out and sets screens. He's perfect to play alongside big-time guys on the floor.''
Lazar was selected with the 30th pick of the First Round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. But on draft day, the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired the draft rights to Lazar and Serbian forward Nemanja Bjelica, the 35th overall pick, from the Wizards in exchange for the draft rights to Clemson forward Trevor Booker, the 23rd overall pick, and Hamady N'diaye, the 56th overall pick.
The Sporting News's Mike DeCourcy had this to say about after the Wizards drafted Lazar:
“The Wizards ended the first round the way they began it: with a terrific pick of a high-character winner. Hayward is a dicey proposition from a position standpoint. He was a power forward throughout his college career, but he can shoot, plays aggressively and finds a way to make an impact.”
His guaranteed contract as a first round pick means that he will join Travis Diener (2005), Steve Novak (2006) and Wesley Matthews (2009) as the 4th player since 2005 to play all four years at Marquette and then go straight to the NBA. In an era of one-and-dones, Marquette is the only school that can make that claim.
Also, he is the most recent first-rounder from Marquette since Dwyane Wade (5th, 2003).
During the 2011-12 season, Hayward was assigned to the Thunder's NBADL affiliate, Tulsa 66ers, where he was briefly teamed with fellow Marquette alum, Dwight Buycks. (Unfortunately, Buycks was sidelined with an ankle injury at the time.) For the three days he was assigned to Tulsa, Hayward saw action in two games averaging 36.0 mpg, 28.0 ppg, and 7.0 rpg.
CAREER REGULAR SEASON AVERAGES YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG 11-12 TUL 2 2 36.0 0.537 0.571 0.800 3.0 4.0 7.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 3.00 4.50 28.0 CAREER 2 2 36.0 0.537 0.571 0.800 3.0 4.0 7.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 3.00 4.50 28.0 CAREER REGULAR SEASON TOTALS YEAR TEAM G GS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS 11-12 TUL 2 2 72 22-41 4-7 8-10 6 8 14 2 1 1 6 9 56 CAREER 2 2 72 22-41 4-7 8-10 6 8 14 2 1 1 6 9 56
Son of Lazar Sr. Has a younger brother, Avery and is majoring in social welfare and justice.