September 5, 2011

Haynes says Tech still there

CALERA, Ala.- New Louisiana Tech Head Coach Michael White wants some fast guards to execute his up-tempo basketball style in Ruston.

He may have to wait one more year, but he hopes he has found his shooting guard of the future.

DeOndre Haynes is a 6-2, 170-pound guard out of Calera High School in Alabama. A three-star prospect according to the latest rankings, he is rated as the nation's 28th-best shooting guard and 136th-best overall player in the country.

In addition to the offer from White and his staff Haynes has scholarship offers on the table from Auburn, East Carolina, Georgia, Murray State and Alabama-Birmingham.

"Things are going pretty well," Haynes said. "This past Friday I received a letter from another school that is starting to show interest in me, a new school (Note: Haynes would not reveal the school in interview). So it seems as more and more times passes by that more and more schools are starting to show interest."

White and his staff may have a built-in advantage when it comes to trying to nab Haynes as his cousin is a Tech alum.

"I have been to Ruston once because my cousin was a Lady Techster," Haynes said. "So that is a cool thing. In terms of the last time I actually heard from somebody from Coach White's staff that was this past Saturday. The biggest thing that they talk about with me is the opportunity for success at Louisiana Tech. They are saying that if I chose to come to be a Bulldog that I would have a really good chance to get to the next level. That is something that I love to hear.

"The thing that I tell them (Tech coaching staff) is that regardless of what other schools are offering me and I'm interested in that they (Tech) are still very high on my list. They were one of the first schools to show a lot of interest in me. I'm not cutting them out at all."
Listed as a shooting guard in the database, Haynes said that he does not mind having the ball in his hands and at times prefers to have it that way.

"I could be a point guard if I have to," Haynes said. "I get that question a lot in terms of my position. I like to create my own shot off the dribble so I like to have the ball in my hands."

In terms of a decision date, Haynes said that he will make his commitment known at the end of his senior basketball season and will not be an early commitment.

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