Deacons Monitor Utah Guard

Tyler Haws is a player that Wake Forest is very interested in for the 2009 class. Recently, DeaconSports' Michael Jennings had a chance to talk to him about his interest in Wake.

Tyler Haws is a 6'4 1/2" combo guard with a sweet shooting touch whose team (Lone Peak HS) just won their 2nd consecutive Utah State Championship in the largest school classification division.

His team's championship could be attributed in large part to his 21 points per game and 5 rebounds per game, though you would not hear admit it. "I did whatever I could do to help us win because all I care about is winning as a team, not what my stats are," Haws said modestly.

Besides being a dynamic basketball player, Tyler is also an excellent student as evidenced by his 3.95 GPA. The combination of outstanding ability in the classroom and on the court is why Wake, Stanford, Harvard, and other impressive academic schools have been closely following his play. He also has other schools of excellent reputation like Marquette, Utah, BYU, and others spending a lot of time recruiting him.

Although the Demon Deacons are across the country, Haws said that location would not be a major factor in his recruitment. "Not really," he said regarding distance being a factor. "The academics, coaching staff and the feel of the place when I visit will be most important."

Haws noted that really liked talking to Coach Gaudio and Coach Muse and felt real comfortable when they talked recently. He will start planning official visits this fall and felt Wake was almost assured of getting a visit then.

Haws noted that his goal is to become a better all around player who is known for more than just his 3-point shooting and excellent mid range game. He describes his 84% FT shooting as an area he is proud of but something he can still improve on. His preferred style of play is pushing the ball up the court and attacking the other teams' defenses but doing so while being under control. Additionally, one thing you pick up on real quick from talking to him is his poise and maturity beyond his years and a quiet confidence that he can play at any level.

During the AAU season, he plays for his father, Coach Marty Haws, on the Salt Lake Metro team and their first appearance will be in Houston at the touted Kingwood Classic coming up in April. We will continue to monitor his play this spring and summer and look to follow up with him in the early summer to see how his play and recruitment are working out for him.

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