Hazzard transitioning to point guard

It was a successful junior season for Los Angeles Loyola junior Max Hazzard, who improved as a player while continuing to develop as a point guard.

As has been a common theme for 6-foot, 160-pound Los Angeles Loyola's Max Hazzard throughout his high school career, the 2015 prospect made strong progress during his junior season.

A legit combo guard who has spent his time on and off the ball in high school and AAU, Hazzard finished the season as Loyola's full time point guard and felt he really improved throughout that experience.

"Towards the end of the year my role changed and I think I played well," Hazzard said. "I like playing the one much better than the two; I like having the ball in my hands and making decisions.

"I tried to make plays for my teammates and keep everyone involved. It was a transition and I'm becoming more comfortable playing the position."

This AAU season will be big for Hazzard, who will have coaches evaluating him to see how capable he is at point guard.

"I knew I was going to play point guard this spring and summer but running it at the end of the season gave me a head start for AAU ball and next season," he said. "A lot of schools want to know if I can be a full time point guard. Hopefully they like what they see in AAU."

While Hazzard's school list is likely to increase over the next several months, he already has a good list of programs calling on him.

"Creighton and Alabama are the two newest schools that I've been talking to more as of late," said Hazzard. "Other than that I've been talking to USD, USF, Stanford, Harvard and LMU. Those are probably the schools recruiting me the hardest."

The goal for Hazzard is to get a decision out of the way before his senior campaign at Loyola.

"Hopefully I play well in AAU and my offers pick up," he said. "I'd like to make a decision early next fall, heading into the season."

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