#22 Joel Haywood | Guard
Hometown: Lakewood, Colo.
Previous School: Denver Lutheran
Major: Business Marketing
2014-15 Honorable Mention All-GPAC
2014-15 Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska Honorable Mention
2014-15 CIT All-Tournament
2011-12 GPAC Co-Freshman of the Year
2011-12 Honorable Mention All-GPAC
Haywood was one of three Bulldogs to start all 31 games ... averaged career highs in points (11.9), rebounds (3.8), assists (3.8) and steals (1.3) ... shot 48.1 percent (99-for-206) from the field, 46.5 percent (40-for-86) from 3-point range and 87.8 percent (130-for-148) from the free throw line ... became the 26th member of the program's 1,000 point club by scoring 16 points vs. Concordia-Chicago on Jan. 30 ... tallied season highs of 22 points and nine rebounds vs. Northwestern on Jan. 10 ... plucked five steals on two occasions ... completed career with 1,091 points, 385 rebounds, 334 assists (sixth in program history) and 112 steals over 109 games.
Haywood played in 20 of 29 games and made 17 starts ... missed nine games due to injury ... averaged 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals while playing an average of 25.2 minutes per contest ... shot 42.1 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from 3-point range and 87.3 percent from the free throw line ... amassed a season high 18 points at Hastings on 1-22-14 ... dished out a season best seven assists versus Northwestern on 2-15-14 ... nabbed a career high seven rebounds in the win over Concordia (Wis.) on 1-25-14 ... collected exactly two steals in seven different games.
Haywood appeared and started in all 28 games for the Bulldogs during the 2012-13 season... Haywood averaged a team high 31.8 minutes per game while averaging 10.3 points per game, 2.4 assists per game and 3.4 rebounds per game... Haywood shot 37.2% (87-234) from the field on the season while shooting 29.5 percent (38-129) from three point line and lead the team and finished third in the nation at the NAIA Divison II level with a 86.5 percent average (77-89)... Joel scored a season best 21 points against Nebraska Wesleyan 11-20-12
Haywood burst onto the scene as one of the GPAC's top freshmen as he claimed GPAC Co-Freshman of the Year honors...he started all 30 games and averaged 30.3 minutes per contest...posted averages of 9.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists...shot 40.3 percent (79-for-196) from the field, 45.9 percent (39-for-85) from 3-point range and 85.6 percent (95-for-111) from the free throw line...ranked ninth among all NAIA Division II players in free throw percentage...posted career highs of 22 points, nine free throw makes and six rebounds in Concordia's upset win over No. 14 Northwestern on 1-4-2012...dished out a career best 11 assists on 1-7-12 vs. Dordt.
Played for the Lights of Denver Lutheran for four years ... Coached by Ryan Bredow ... He earned three varsity letters and was a starter for three years ... He was team captain his junior and senior years ... Senior year he was All-League, All-State, amd Mr. Colorado Basketball ... He was also chosen to play in The Show all star game ... His senior year his team was state champions ... He also played baseball and earned All-League honors.
Born December 23 in Denver, Colorado ... Son of Mike and Debbie Haywood ... Has one older sister, Leslie.