Hazzard picking up attention

Max Hazzard

Max Hazzard was able to take a nice step forward in his development during his sophomore season, and his recruitment has picked up accordingly.

It was a good season for 6-foot-0, 160-pound Los Angeles Loyola 2015 point guard Max Hazzard, who had a much bigger role on his high school team this year than he did as a freshman.

"Individually I got first-team all league, and I think that was a good accomplishment for me, but as a team we fell short," Hazzard said. "I'm excited for next season. We have a lot of players coming back; we're going to be nice."

Developing into a point guard has been an emphasis for Hazzard in his development and when Parker Jackson-Cartwright went down with an injury, the sophomore stepped into that role for Loyola.

"When P went down I was able to fill in at point guard and lead our team to the league championship which is something I'm really proud of," Hazzard said. "Learning when to score and when to distribute is something that really helped me as a player as well.

"I need to work on my body and get stronger. I'd like to get my jumper more consistent; I don't want some games where it's falling and then some where it's not. I also want to get my ball handling much tighter."

Moving forward, Hazzard is looking to continue to become a pure point guard.

"I need to prove that I'm a true one," he said. "I think I'm getting there but need to keep showcasing it. I've played on and off the ball but I need to stay on the ball and show everybody that it's my true position."

Hazzard hopes to unofficially visit California, Stanford and Washington over the summer, which are three of the schools he's hearing from.

"My recruiting has picked up a lot," Hazzard said. "California is showing the most interest, Stanford is showing some love and I'm hearing from Washington, Georgetown, Boston College, Penn and Yale."

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