Former Lion Haynes signs with Canadian team


Davon Haynes finished last season unsure if the NCAA would grant him another year of eligibility to play basketball at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Haynes has settled that issue by turning professional. The Detroit native signed with the Island Storm of the National Basketball League of Canada earlier this month, according to The Guardian newspaper of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

UAPB coach George Ivory confirmed Haynes’ decision to go pro Tuesday.

Haynes is a two-time All-SWAC performer who had been with the UAPB program for three seasons. He did not record any statistics his first season (2009-10) at Bowling Green and left the team right before what was to be his sophomore season, arriving in Pine Bluff in January 2011. Despite sitting out that season, the NCAA did not let him play until 2012-13, when he helped UAPB attain a 16-14 record, its first winning season since the 2010 SWAC championship. In two seasons at UAPB, Haynes averaged 12.3 points and 6.5 rebounds as a regular starter.

It was never made clear why Haynes had to sit out two seasons instead of one.

Island Storm coach Joe Salerno scouted Haynes at the Global Basketball International Summer League tournament in Las Vegas, where Haynes averaged 23 points and made the all-tournament first team, according to The Guardian.

“Davon is an extremely exciting young player,” Salerno told The Guardian through a release. “He has the ability to score both from the paint as well as the perimeter. He was one of the top players at the Global Basketball International Summer League in Las Vegas and drew a lot of attention, so we were thrilled when he agreed to play for us this season. He has unlimited athletic ability and a skill set that allows him to play and defend multiple positions. I think Davon could be one of the most exciting rookies in the NBL this season.”

The NBL’s 32-game schedule for each of its eight teams begins in November.

Ivory also said another of his 2014 seniors, Chandler Savage, is awaiting a ruling from the NCAA on his appeal for another season. Savage, a guard, played one season of junior college before joining UAPB in 2012-13. He averaged 1.7 points in 43 games at UAPB and was regularly used as a sixth man this past year.