By CODY WORSHAM | Tiger Rag Editor
LSU guard Kieran Hayward is transferring after a year in the program, he announced Wednesday night on Twitter.
A 6-foot-5 native of Australia, Hayward appeared in 26 games his freshman season, averaging 1.2 points per game in just 8.2 minutes per appearance.
Johnny Jones and David Patrick recruited Hayward to Baton Rouge. Patrick took a job with TCU before the 2016-17 season, and Jones was fired by LSU after a 10-21 campaign. He picked LSU over St. Joe’s and Rider, and sources tell Tiger Rag he’s receiving significant mid-major attention as a transfer.
As a freshman, Hayward’s best game was in the pre-conference against Texas Southern, when he set career highs for minutes (17) and points (8). He also scored 8 points in 14 minutes against Mississippi State on January 7. He shot 50 percent from 3 through LSU’s first 12 games but would make just one triple the remainder of the season.
Hayward’s departure brings LSU to 13 scholarships for the 2017-18 season, the maximum allowed by the NCAA, although more attrition could be imminent. LSU is still recruiting to the 2017 class, with graduate transfer shooting guard Mark Alstork set to visit on May 15.