HAYES NAMED NBADL’S MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Second Year Point Guard Developed into Red Claws Leader in 2011-12
PORTLAND, ME (April 18, 2012) - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that Kenny Hayes has been named the NBA Development League’s Most Improved Player for the 2011-12 season as voted by the league’s 16 head coaches.
Kenny Hayes, a second year pro out of the Miami University (OH), just completed second season with the Red Claws. Sparingly used in his rookie season, Hayes blossomed into a true leader and key player for Maine in his second season. Hayes, who also earned an invite to the Cleveland Cavaliers training camp this season, appeared in 44 games for the Red Claws, averaging 33 minutes, 17.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game which ranked 7th in the league. His 17.1 ppg was second on the Red Claws this season, behind only Morris Almond, now with the Washington Wizards. Hayes set a franchise record on March 4, 2012 when he scored 52 points in a game against the Springfield Armor, shattering the team’s previous high of 40 points in a game and just one shy of tying the league’s all-time single game mark. He was the co-recipient of the 2012 Red Claws Player of the Year Award, Presented by PeoplesChoice along with teammate Morris Almond as voted by Red Claws fans.
During his rookie season of 2010-11, Hayes appeared in 43 games with the Red Claws, averaging 19 minutes per game, 7.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
“Kenny Hayes is the type of player that the NBA Development is and should be about,” Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings said. “Even when he was not seeing a lot of action last season, he kept learning and battling to earn a spot in the lineup. The player who arrived in Maine this season was confident and driven, and it became apparent right from training camp that he was going to be a leader for this team this year. I am extremely proud of the player and person that Kenny Hayes has developed into. The future holds great things for him.”