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Gaels Basketball Recruit Shot in Chicago


NEW ROCHELLE– One of Iona College Basketball’s announced recruits was killed outside his Chicago home, the College reports.

Michael Haynes, a 6′ 7″ forward who signed with the Gaels’ men’s basketball program for the 2012-13 season, was shot and killed on Thursday evening. He was 22 years old. He was already taking summer courses on the New Rochelle campus.

An Iona spokeman says, “Haynes was shot dead while trying to break up a fight over a stolen necklace near his home.  Police said he was shot in the wrist, chest and lower back about 5:10 pm in the 11600 block of South Vincennes Avenue. Acquaintances dropped him off at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, where he was declared dead about 6:25 pm.”

Head Coach Tim Cluess is quoted in the Daily News, saying, ““It’s just so hard. “I don’t know how to describe it. Once you got to know Michael you just couldn’t wait to coach him. He came from a very rough area in Chicago and he just wanted to make a better life for himself. He was just looking for a chance to change his life.”

Here is an excerpt of the original announcement:

Michael Haynes (Chicago, IL / Fenger Academy) comes to New Rochelle via Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, IA. Haynes is a 6-7 forward that will look to compete for a starting job in Iona’s frontcourt this season. He will have sophomore eligibility in 2012-13.

Haynes averaged 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds last season for Indian Hills. His coach, Barret Peery, described Haynes to as a strong, powerful athlete around the rim. He runs the floor well and can defend multiple positions. He can face up and shoot and has tremendous passion and energy for the game.

Haynes originally signed a National Letter of Intent to play at UTEP after graduating from Heat Academy in 2010. At Heat, he averaged 19 points and eight rebounds per game during the 2009-10 season, helping the squad to a 36-4 record and a no. 4 national ranking by A three-star recruit by, Haynes began his prep career by starring at Washington High School in Chicago for two seasons. He averaged 12 ppg and 17 rpg as a sophomore and 17 ppg and 22 rpg as a junior. Haynes was rated the No. 11 player in the state of Illinois by following his junior season. He led Washington HS to back-to-back appearances in the city championship game and was a two-time All-District honoree, and an All-Area selection as a junior. He did not play his senior year while attending Fenger High School.

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