Marquez Haynes Bursts Onto Scene

Marquez Haynes hasn't gotten the notoriety of his more high-profile Lone Star State point guards, but the Irving (Texas) native deserves it after his performance in July.

Marquez Haynes isn't jealous. In fact, far from it. He fully admits that Byron Eaton is the best point guard in the Lone Star State and that other senior floor leaders like Austin Jackson, David Devezin and A.J. Abrams have earned their due. However, the 6-3, 180-pound Irving (Texas) native has a point when he can't explain why he hasn't gotten nearly as much national recognition.

The 6-1, 170-pound Haynes is one of the most underrated point guards in the country. The former Irving MacArthur High (Texas) star, who has made the move to Irving High for his final year of high school, averaged 22 points and six assists last season.

Haynes, 17, is still a work in progress when it comes to playing the point, primarily because he's played off the ball the majority of the time until this summer.

But he's one of the more versatile backcourt guys around. He's strong, can score from the perimeter and also with penetration, and also can defend. He's also intelligent enough – as proven by his 1180 SAT score – to improve his decision-making as he gets repetitions running the show.

Haynes was getting attention from North Texas, TCU, Tulsa and Arkansas-Little Rock prior to the spring. Now it's Boston College, Arizona State, Houston, Tulsa and Texas A&M that have jumped into the fray.

``I think this year, having the opportunity to go more places really helped me out," Haynes said. "Last year we went to fewer tournaments and I was playing up last year and my role wasn't as big."

Haynes definitely plans to take an official visit to Boston College and Tulsa. He may take visits to Houston and Texas A&M. TCU is also being seriously considered.

``I'm not sure if I'll take all five or not," Haynes said. "I'll know for sure what I want to do after taking my visits."

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