PROVO — For now, former BYU star Tyler Haws’ basketball future is uncertain.
The Cougars’ all-time leading scorer is awaiting the NBA draft June 25.
Haws, who is focused on making an NBA roster, decided not to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational and he didn’t receive an invitation to the NBA combine in Chicago. He is living in Santa Barbara, California, preparing for the draft, and in late May, Haws worked out for the Phoenix Suns.
If the NBA doesn’t work out, he’ll certainly have opportunities to play somewhere.
“He’s got a couple of offers already overseas,” BYU coach Dave Rose said in April. At the time, Rose said he expected Haws to be drafted.
In addition to getting ready for the draft, Haws is also getting ready for a wedding. He’s marrying BYU gymnast Summer Raymond in July.
What is certain is the legacy Haws has left at BYU. Rose is reminded of that wherever he goes throughout the country.
“I remember the season after Jimmer (Fredette) finished (at BYU), I traveled around while recruiting and people would see my credit card and say, ‘You’re the BYU coach. You know Jimmer?’” Rose said. “I’d say, ‘Of course I know Jimmer.’ That’s kind of happening now with Ty. People say to me, ‘Tyler Haws is my favorite player.’ That’s pretty cool.”
Haws, a four-year starter, finished his collegiate career with 2,720 career points, eclipsing consensus All-America Fredette. Haws ended up on the top 25 scoring list in college basketball history.
“I don’t know if enough has been said, or too much has been said. It’s amazing what he was able to accomplish,” Rose said of Haws' legacy. “I’ll always be so impressed with his approach every day. If he was healthy, if he was sick, if he was injured, if he was tired, he was the same, upbeat guy, which led to his consistent performance game after game. I saw things this year from him that separated him from so many really good players that make him a special guy.”
In addition to Haws' consistency, Rose was also impressed with his toughness. Late in an early December game at Weber State, Haws suffered a serious ankle sprain.
“I thought he was going to be gone for two or three weeks. A week later, he’s playing. And not only was he playing, but he was scoring 24 (against Stanford),” Rose said. “He’s going to be missed. Not only will we miss him, he’ll miss BYU. I had some conversations with him the last time we met in the locker room. It’s going to be hard for him to leave. In our last home game, he was out on the floor in his uniform for a long time before he walked off the floor. It’s been a special run with a special player. The players are the heart and soul of the program. We’ll miss all the seniors, Anson (Winder), Skyler (Halford) and Josh (Sharp), too. I can’t thank them enough for the effort, energy and dedication they put into making us great.”
Part of Haws’ legacy is his work ethic that is being passed down to future Cougars.
“Tyler’s work ethic is something that people don’t understand, how much time he’s put in the gym,” said BYU freshman guard Nick Emery, who starts his career this fall. “Tyler’s a great person. I’ve watched him from a young age and he’s helped me. Tyler’s work ethic has made him the player he is. He’s a machine. He’s definitely helped all the guys on the team to understand that this is the level it needs to be. That work ethic trickles down to the whole team.”