When the Canadian Mennonite University men’s basketball team upset Providence University College on January 30th, Jon Hayter’s stat line wasn’t necessarily the most head turning of his season.
19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists is a healthy line and is nothing to scoff at, especially considering the defensive matchups Hayter usually draws. But the way in which he called his own number when it mattered, especially late in a tight game, shows the effect he can have on more than just the box score. Over a season where he has been one of the best two way players in the MCAC, the native of Pinawa, MB has shown his ability to play with patience and help his team without touching the basketball.
While speaking with Canadian Mennonite University’s head coach, Billy Isaac about Hayter earlier in the season, Isaac made it clear what the thinks of Hayter’s game.
“He’s a killer. He’s great, he’s our best player at both ends of the floor and I think he’s the best player in the league.”
“I’ve played with some pretty good guards before, but I think what separates John is his court vision and he knows where guys are gonna be. Sometimes he’ll even throw a pass and I’m not even looking because he sees the court much better than all of us. His court-vision is incredible”.
Hayter and the Blazers enter the post season with what could arguably be the MCAC’s most anticipated game of the season. They’ll take on none other than the #2-ranked Providence University College Pilots, February 21st at Red River College. Ball goes up at 6pm.