Max Hazzard, a 2015 point guard, played well in the weekend tournament in Las Vegas. He showed off his defensive abilities, as well as the fact that he can run an up tempo offense.
In one game, with his team down 8-1, Hazzard scored eight straight points on consecutive possessions, also racking up three steals.
"If we start going on defense, then it really helps our team," Hazzard said. "We get out and run the court, so we don't have to run very many half-court sets. It's easier to score that way. Getting stops is a big part of my game and gets our team fired up."
Hazzard admitted that he likes playing in an up-tempo offense, but can work hard in any situation. In addition, he says that playing alongside fellow 2015 prospect Aaron Holiday helps, too.
"It really depends on the coach," he said. "If it's my decision, I like running up tempo. It also depends on my supporting cast. Right now, I have Aaron Holiday on the wing and we can get out in the open court."
The guard is still relatively under the radar and hasn't heard from very many schools. He holds a single scholarship offer from UC Irvine.
"I'm hearing from Boston College, UCLA, Arizona and other Pac-12 schools," he said. "My only offer is from UC Irvine."
Max has heard about Arizona from Jacob, who has already spent most of the summer on campus.
"He loves Arizona," Max said about his brother. "He says it gets hot there, but that the coaching staff is awesome. He loves everything and we talk about it a lot."
The two brothers are close and talk on a regular basis. They are forced to be apart, now that Jacob is in college, but Max said admitted that he would welcome the opportunity to play with him at the next level.
"My brother is my best friend and when he left, I was pretty upset," Max Hazzard said. "I would love to go to school with my brother.
"An offer would mean a lot to me. Of course, I have to keep playing and getting better but, it would definitely mean a lot to me. Just to know that I have the opportunity to go to school with my older brother would be great."