Tennessee is in the market for a point guard of the future on the recruiting trail. One of their top targets at the position is set to take an official visit to Knoxville next month.
Four-star point guard Cam Hayes out of Greensboro, North Carolina has been on the Vols’ radar for a while. According to Jake Weingarten of Stock Risers, Hayes has scheduled three official visits, and one of them is to Tennessee. He’ll reportedly be visiting the Vols from Friday, September 13th through Sunday, September 15th.
Significant update for 2021 class. Top-35 guard Cam Hayes has scheduled three official visits, a source told @Stockrisers.
NC State: Sept. 6-8
Tennessee: Sept. 13-15
Florida State: Sept. 27-29
‘Very strong possibility he reclassifies to 2020’
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) July 31, 2019
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the 6-foot-1 point guard is the No. 30 overall prospect and No. 4 point guard in the 2021 class. He’s also the No. 1 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2021 class.
But Hayes may not be in the 2021 class for long.
Tennessee has been in discussions with Hayes for months about the possibility of reclassifying, and Weingarten added in his report that there’s a “very strong possibility” that Hayes ends up moving up to the 2020 class. Hayes holds early offers from Virginia, NC State, Louisville, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Wake Forest, and Florida State along with his offer from the Vols.
Hayes has already visited Tennessee twice, and they’re legitimate contenders for the elite point guard out of North Carolina. The Vols were his first scholarship offer from a high-major program.
Though he just finished up his sophomore season, Hayes already has an elite skill set and is rated highly for a reason. He has a strong mid-range game, and his pull-up jumper is hard to defend. Hayes can stop on a dime and hit a jump shot, and his quick stroke means the ball leaves his hands quicker than the defender can react. He’s a confident three-point shooter as well. Not only that, but Hayes has very good ball-handling skills and possesses solid vision. His lack of elite height hinders his ability to cut to the lane as much as a bigger point guard, but he has a great all-around game and has plenty of skills to build off of.
Hayes played for Team CP3 in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League, and he was very impressive in the summer circuit. In 17 games of the EYBL, Hayes averaged 13.6 points, 5.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.7 steals while shooting 40.1 percent overall and 31.6 percent from three according to D1Circuit.com. Hayes was especially impressive during the Peach Invitational, averaging 20.2 points, 4.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals in those five games.
Tennessee has a commitment from five-star small forward Corey Walker in the 2020 class, and they’re pursuing several highly-rated prospects in the 2020 cycle. If Hayes reclassifies to that class rather than staying in the 2021 class, then the Vols will likely be one of the top teams he considers signing with.