One of the most prolific scorers in Atlantic University Sport history is showing just as much offensive pop as a professional.
Joey Haywood, whose 24.8 points-per-game average in three years with the Saint Mary’s Huskies is easily No. 1 among AUS’s top-20 all-time scorers, has been named National Basketball League of Canada player of the week after piling up 38 points in two Rainmen home wins.
“It feels great,” the Vancouver native said. “This is my second home, so playing in front of my friends and fans is cool. It’s so fun.”
Haywood, whose 575 points in just 20 games last season smashed AUS’s single-season scoring record, had one more year of eligibility at Saint Mary’s. He had hoped to be selected in the NBA D-League draft on Nov. 3, but decided to sign with the Rainmen when he was passed over.
The Rainmen have used Haywood as both a point guard and shooting guard.
“His potential is unlimited to what he can become as a player,” said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston. “You don’t usually see a rookie come in and make the impact he’s made. He’s a unique player. When you see a player as explosive as he is on the offensive end, they usually tend to rest on defence. He doesn’t. He plays 100 per cent all the time.”
Haywood said the National Basketball League of Canada is a big step up.
“It’s way more physical,” Haywood said. “Guys are holding me and everything, but you’ve just got to play through it.”