"It's kind of always been a dream of his to play for them," Kendall Hayes, Eric's father and high school coach said. "That's the school he grew up rooting for."
Eric is merely the next in a long line of family members to attend college in College Park. However, none of his family members averaged 13 points, 7.8 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals for one of the finest teams in Virginia last season. Hayes also shot an incredible 92% from the free-throw line.
Maryland offered Hayes early this fall and the guard went on numerous trips to colleges in his area before settling on the Terrapins. All the while, Hayes knew that the Terps coveted a lead guard in 2006. They were also heavily recruiting Maryland native Tywon Lawson, now a junior at Oak Hill.
"They showed tremendous confidence in recruiting him," Kendall Hayes said, "because whoever they were going to bring in at that spot in '06 was going to come in and play."
Hayes is a point guard's point guard. He sees the floor, runs the team and limits his mistakes. "His mind is probably his greatest strength."