Sophomore Sleeper?

2015 is already a loaded year in Illinois when it comes to guards, but a new name is emerging in a hurry in Glenbard West Sophomore Keith Hayes.

Keith Hayes, a transfer from Little Rock, Arkansas, to Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, IL, hasn't been mentioned much among Illinois High School recruits yet, but that is soon to change.

Hayes, who is averaging over 20 points per game so far this season, recently dropped 30 in a matchup with a talented Bolingbrook squad.

"My jumper was working for me, he said. "That and getting to the free-throw line. My teammates did a great job getting me the ball when I was open."

Hayes consistently got good looks from the Bolingbrook defense, who often left Hayes open and paid for it.

"Yeah, I'm surprised I stayed open. I'm surprised they didn't respect the three."

Hayes isn't the primary ball handler for West, but he's a Jack of all trades when it comes to being a guard that can make plays with the ball in his hands.

"I'm a shooting combo guard," he said "And I'm a lefty. I can pass it and score."

The 5'10" 160 lb. guard's mother, originally from Bolingbrook, took a job in the area recently, bringing Keith to Glenbard West just a week prior to the start of school.

"We started off pretty good but with the last couple games, we've needed to get back to how we were with the intensity we had."

Hayes played for the same AAU program as the Kentucky-bound Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison, the Houston Defenders. Hayes also spent some time playing with the local Arkansas Blue Chips.

"Spring and Summer went pretty well," Hayes said. "I went to a couple camps and played well there."

Hayes hasn't decided yet whether he'll play AAU ball in Illinois or Arkansas.

"I haven't decided yet," he said. "I'll probably figure that out closer to the end of our season."

Recruiting hasn't quite picked up yet for the young guard, but his future looks promising, no doubt.

"Marquette sent me some mail," he said. "Also Arkansas and Memphis."

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