Hazel offered up a description of himself that sounds all too familiar of the types of players Tom Crean has brought to Marquette. "My teammates would say that I am the most connected guy on the team. I get along with everybody. There are always cliques and that sort of thing, but I always try to keep the peace. I try to lead by example. The one thing that people may not know is that I am a good student. I don't play around, I take school very seriously." Outside of basketball Pat describes himself as laid back, and when not playing basketball he likes to hang out with his friends, play video games and go bowling.
MarquetteHoops.com: What was the number one reason why you picked Marquette?
Hazel: Number one is that it as been my goal since high school was to someday play in the Big East. There were Big East schools contacting me, but Marquette was the first Big East school that really came after me hard, and I felt like they really wanted me and that I could fit into their program. Number two was that they have a great coaching staff and really great guys on their team. I went to Marquette with my mom on my official visit and everything went well and it just seemed like the perfect fit.
MarquetteHoops.com: What was it about Tom Crean that made you want to play for him?
Hazel: I had heard a lot of great things about him and when I was there for my visit I got to watch a practice and it really seemed like he was fired up about the practice, and really intense. I have also heard from a lot of guys about how he develops players and I felt he could do that for me. Just look what he did for Dwyane Wade. He told me that if I came in and worked hard on all of the things that I need to develop that I could be a great player. I look at that as motivation for me. I think that is the best thing about Coach Crean is that I really feel that he wants all of his players to be the best that they can be.
MarquetteHoops.com: Were there any assistant coaches that were involved with your recruitment that made a difference in your decision to select Marquette?
Hazel: Without question, Coach Jason Rabadeaux…"Coach Rab". A while back he contacted me and said we have a great opportunity for you at Marquette. It was a great feeling because I knew they had asked about me before, but I had never really talked to them before. He told me that they wanted to come and see me play. Coach Rab had seen me play a couple of times in Vegas with my AAU team, and I guess he told Coach Crean that I was one of the hardest working guys out there and he wanted to come and see me play.
MarquetteHoops.com: Were there any specific players on the team that made you want to play at Marquette? Anyone that made you say, "I want to be on his team?"
Hazel: Yes, Wesley Matthews. When I came on my visit everyone was great. I already knew David Cubillan and Lazar Hayward was great too. Even Dominic James pulled me aside a few times to give me some advice, but Wesley Matthews was really cool. He is a great player, but is also just an amazing guy. We talked a lot, but when we were on the court he told me several things that really opened my eyes. Off the court he told me what I needed to hear, about the school and about the team. While I was in town I also got to see Charlie Villanueva from the Bucks who played for Blair Academy, but it wasn't for Wesley Matthews, I might not be headed to Marquette.
Part two of this series, Patrick Hazel's Game, will be out next week!!!!