Kennedy played against father of BYU’s top player

Tyler Haws, a 6-5, 195 senior guard fro BYU, holds 10 school records, one of them scoring with 2,687 points.

After averaging 11.3 points as a freshman he’s averaged at least 20 points the last three season. He averaged 23.2 points last year and is averaging 21.9 points right now.

Haws, to surprise, was the first player Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy mentioned Sunday evening when the Rebels’ First Four matchup against BYU was announced.

Kennedy talked about Haws’ ability to score and then mentioned that he played against Haws’ father, Marty Haws, when the Marty played at BYU and Kennedy played at UAB.

“My dad actually did mention that to me,” Tyler Haws said. “He said he thought he recognized Andy Kennedy from somewhere. And I think he was on a team that snapped my dad’s winning streak or something one of the years they played in the late ’80s.”

That’s not how Kennedy remembers the game.

“I remember it didn’t end well for the old UAB Blazers. I do remember that,” he said.

The game was part of an in-season tournament at BYU in Provo, Utah, Kennedy said.

“I remember that altitude is real. You try to talk yourself out of it as a coach and say, ‘It’s just altitude.’ No, it’s real. I remember that. I got a chance to experience first-hand the passion of BYU basketball.”

Kennedy also remembered some specifics about Marty Haws and sees similarites between the father and the son.

“His dad was a good player, a very good player, and the son is tremendous … tremendous. They’re similar in their look, and they’re similar in their style of play.”

Tyler Haws is shooting 47.6 percent from the floor, 35.5 percent from 3-point range and 87.6 percent from the free throw line.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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