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Jarvis James Hayes (born August 9, 1981) is an American-Qatari former professional basketball player. A 6'8" tall small forward from the University of Georgia and Western Carolina University, Hayes was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 10th overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft.

Jarvis Hayes
Maurice Evans vs Jarvis Hayes.jpg
Hayes defended by Maurice Evans in 2008.
Georgia State Panthers
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueSun Belt Conference
Personal information
Born (1981-08-09) August 9, 1981 (age 38)
Atlanta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican / Qatari
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolFrederick Douglass
(Atlanta, Georgia)
NBA draft2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Washington Wizards
Playing career2003–2015
Career history
As player:
20032007Washington Wizards
2007–2008Detroit Pistons
20082010New Jersey Nets
2011Aliağa Petkim
2011–2012Krasnye Krylia
2013Ironi Ashkelon
2013–2014Sidigas Avellino
2014–2015Asesoft Ploiești
As coach:
2018–2019Morehouse College (assistant)
2019–presentGeorgia State (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

College careerEdit

Jarvis Hayes was born five minutes ahead of his twin brother, Xavier University assistant coach Jonas. After a stellar high school career at Douglass High School in Atlanta, he (and Jonas) enrolled first at Western Carolina, where he became the first freshman in 40 seasons to lead the Southern Conference in scoring.

After a year, they moved on to Georgia, where he was named First Team All-SEC in both his sophomore and junior years. He became the first Bulldog to be so honored since Dominique Wilkins in 1981–82. He also stepped up in big games, averaging 28.5 points per game in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

Hayes holds the rare distinction of having led two different conferences in scoring while in college.

Professional careerEdit

NBA careerEdit

He was taken 10th in the 2003 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards, to back up Jerry Stackhouse, to come in off the bench and provide that deep range. Hayes averaged 13.0 points and 4.3 rebounds through the first three games of the season but hit the 'rookie wall' within a month. He was the Wizards' only representative at the seasons's All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles when he made the Rookie-Sophomore challenge. By season's end, he had made through a tough season and sported some solid numbers in spite of missing 12 games with various injuries. In that rookie season, he averaged 9.6 points while making 42 starts and playing an average of 29.2 minutes. In a draft class that featured LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Hayes was seen as a steal.

Hayes did well in his second season, filling in for Larry Hughes, averaging 10.2 points a game, until a fateful night in February when he and Manu Ginobili bumped knees. A few games later, Hayes went up for a dunk against the Sacramento Kings and when he came down, his right knee had split completely open. For a year, he hoped things would get better, as he noted, without surgery. In his recovery period from the injury, he ballooned to 245 pounds reviewing local area restaurants with Washingtonian Magazine Food Critic Tom Head on a weekly radio segment.

In his third season, at a preseason game at Wake Forest, Hayes scored 18 points in the first half of a preseason matchup with the San Antonio Spurs on Tobacco Road. After that game, his right knee, which forced him to miss a third of the 2004–05 season after he fractured his kneecap, swelled through the night. Hayes, named the starting off guard by Wizards coach Eddie Jordan, missed the remainder of the preseason but did not let the injury discourage him. Later, on December 16, 2005, he had to leave a Laker game. The knee had fractured again and again his season was over. On February 14, 2006, he had the long-delayed surgery with the pins.

In the 2006–07 season, he played 81 games, but only averaged 7.2 points, shot only 41% overall, but better than 36% from the three and 84.5% from the line. In the Wizards' injury plagued first round loss to the Cavs, he had started all four games, averaging 10.5 and 3.5 but shot only 32.6%. Even with a 29-point effort in the famous double triple-double overtime loss to the Nets in April 2007, he clearly was not the same player. Although he still had the ability to make his trademark off-balance jump shots, he seemed to shy away from contact. From filling the lanes on the fast break as a healthy rookie he often settled for shots on the perimeter.

The Wizards declined to offer Hayes a contract after the 2006–07 season. On August 15, 2007, after four years with the Wizards, Hayes signed a contract for the veteran's minimum with the Detroit Pistons.[1] Hayes became a key player in the Pistons rotation, serving as the main backup for starter Tayshaun Prince. He averaged 6.7 points in only 15.7 minutes, improved on his shooting numbers, and had another 29-point effort again as his best game.

Hayes signed with the New Jersey Nets on July 16, 2008.[2] He became the team's valuable 6th man & most times outplayed starters Trenton Hassell & Bobby Simmons, he also learned to play the power forward position during the season & was able to give the Nets an advantage on offense stretching defenses with his outside shooting.

European careerEdit

In January 2011, Hayes joined the Turkish club Aliağa Petkim.[3] In July 2011, he signed a one-year deal with BC Krasnye Krylya Samara in Russia.[4] In February 2013, he joined the Israeli club Ironi Ashkelon.[5]

On September 16, 2013, he signed a one-year deal with the Italian club Sidigas Avellino.[6]

Qatari national teamEdit

Hayes became a naturalized citizen of Qatar, and presently plays for the senior men's Qatari national basketball team. He led the Qatar national team with 25 points, in an 87-64 win over Hong Kong, during group play of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship in Manila, Philippines.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

His wife Illia gave birth their son Jarvis II on March 29, 2009.[8].

NBA career statisticsEdit

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

2003–04 Washington 70 42 29.2 .400 .305 .786 3.8 1.5 1.0 .2 9.6
2004–05 Washington 54 22 28.9 .389 .341 .839 4.2 1.7 .9 .2 10.2
2005–06 Washington 21 13 24.6 .421 .362 .833 3.6 1.3 .8 .0 9.3
2006–07 Washington 81 17 20.1 .410 .361 .845 2.6 1.0 .6 .2 7.2
2007–08 Detroit 82 1 15.7 .431 .376 .750 2.2 .8 .6 .1 6.7
2008–09 New Jersey 74 1 24.8 .445 .385 .692 3.6 .7 .7 .1 8.7
2009–10 New Jersey 45 9 23.0 .421 .335 .778 2.4 .9 .6 .2 7.8
Career 427 115 23.2 .415 .356 .798 3.1 1.1 .7 .1 8.3


2007 Washington 4 4 34.8 .326 .368 .857 3.5 1.0 .5 .3 10.8
2008 Detroit 11 0 5.5 .300 .357 .000 1.5 .4 .1 .2 2.1
Career 15 4 13.3 .316 .364 .857 2.0 .5 .2 .2 4.4


  1. ^ Pistons sign free-agent forward Hayes.. Posted August 16, 2007.
  3. ^ Jarvis Hayes, Aliağa Petkim’de (in Turkish).
  4. ^ Krasnye Krylia Samara agreed to terms with Jarvis Hayes.
  5. ^ "Elizur Ashkelon signs former NBA Jarvis Hayes". February 6, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Sidigas Avellino announced Jarvis Hayes". Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Qatar top group in Asian Basketball.
  8. ^

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