Michael Haynes: Iona Recruit and Chicago Basketball Star

By Eric Domingo

On Thursday July 27, Iona College recruit Michael Haynes was shot trying to break up a fight, over a necklace, near his home.

Haynes was shot in the wrist, chest, and lower back at about 5:15 p.m. on the 11600 block of South Vincennes Avenue in Chicago. Friends of Haynes dropped him off at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, where he was declared dead about 6:25 p.m., authorities said. Police are still searching for the killer that gunned down Haynes.

Haynes played basketball for Indian Hills community college in Iowa and last season averaged 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds, the New York Daily News reported. He drew recruiting interest from programs like Duke, DePaul, and Iowa State.

Although Haynes loved basketball, violence back home distracted his focus.

“We spent a lot of time talking about that; he was extremely concerned about his family…The last thing we talk about was how excited he was to get to New York.” Indian Hills Coach Barrett Peery said.

Haynes mother passed away when he was 11. He and his younger brother, Marcus, were raised by their grandmother.

Haynes’ father said his son was so close to getting out of the city of Chicago and pursue his dream.

It’s truly disappointing to have a talent like Haynes pass. He was an inspiration to Chicago High School basketball players and a good example of the type of player a coach hopes to have. “He was such a great kid and a great member of our team,” says Coach Barrett Peery.

Haynes was also an inspiration to any person trying to get their family out of the streets. He was described by members of his family, as their meal ticket.

I send my condolences to the Haynes family and wish them the best. Their son was an outstanding player and a role model for all basketball enthusiasts.

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