May 30, 2013
Grand Valley State head coach Ric Wesley recently announced the addition of Aaron Hayes and Chaz Rollins to the Grand Valley State men's basketball program. Both Hayes and Rollins are junior college transfers and will be eligible to play immediately for the Lakers in the 2013-14 season.
A 6'1" guard, Hayes averaged 16.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.3 steals per game last season for an Oakland Community College team that finished with a 28-4 record. Hayes, from Detroit, Mich., started all 32 games and averaged 25.2 minutes per contest. He finished first in Division II of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in free throws made (251) and attempted (309) last season, shooting 81.2 percent at the stripe. In a Mar. 5 victory over St. Clair County Community College, Hayes was 20-for-26 at the free throw line.
During his time at OCC, he earned first team and second team all-conference honors, was named to the all-freshman team, and twice earned all-tournament laurels at the Region XII District 10 tournament. While at John F. Kennedy High School, Hayes was twice named to all-state and all-conference teams, while being tabbed the team most valuable player each of his final two seasons.
"We have known Aaron since high school and have closely followed his progress playing for Antoine Joubert at Oakland Community College," said GVSU head coach Ric Wesley. "He is an aggressive, athletic player who led the NJCAA in free throws and has a knack for getting to the basket."
Rollins is a 6'6" forward from Lakeland Community College who recorded 16.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game last season, while shooting 60.0 percent from the field. In 2012-13, LCC went 25-5 and won the conference championship. He scored in double figures in 21 of the 22 games in which he played last year and pulled down 10 or more rebounds 12 times throughout the season. Rollins posted a season-high 27 points to go with 14 rebounds in a 92-77 win over Morton College on Nov. 4
While at Lakeland Community College, Rollins was named a second team all-american and a second team all-conference honoree. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Rollins attended John Hay High School, where he earned all-state, all-conference, and team most valuable player plaudits. He was a two-time Senate League All-Star.
"Chaz was one of the top junior college players in Ohio," Wesley commented. "We followed him his freshman year when he helped his team advance to the national tournament. He's an athletic forward who has a real nose for the ball. We are very happy to have both Aaron and Chaz join our program."
In 2012-13, Grand Valley State finished 19-9 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the GLIAC Tournament.