Jeremy Hazell Rumors
Recently, his agent, Seth Cohen, said that Hazell received positive feedback in the nine workouts leading to the draft and that Hazell was invited to a three-day workout with the Atlanta Hawks the Sunday after the draft. But because of the lockout, nothing beyond the workout was possible. “Had it not been for the lockout, he would have played himself onto that roster and would be playing in the N.B.A. this coming season,” Cohen said.
Instead, Hazell, a former star guard at Seton Hall, is at home in Harlem, locked out of the league he dreams of playing in, waiting and weighing his options as the N.B.A. heads into an uncertain future. A job overseas could be Hazell’s best option. “It is definitely frustrating just because when I come out my senior year, there’s a lockout,” said Hazell, who finished his four-year career at Seton Hall third on the program’s career scoring list with 2,146 points but was not selected in the N.B.A. draft last month. “But it’s just the process you got to go through. I can’t stop it, so whatever I got to do to get in the league or to go overseas, me and my agent are going to work on that.”
The Warriors will begin working out college players at their downtown Oakland practice facility, in preparation for the June 23 NBA draft. The first workouts are scheduled for Tuesday, with the following players expected to participate: Swingman Jordan Hamilton, Texas; guard Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall; forward Gary Johnson, Texas; forward Chris Singleton, Florida State; forward Mychel Thompson, Pepperdine; forward Chris Wright, Dayton.
The shooting capped a frustrating stretch for the lanky, 6-foot-5 NBA hopeful. Hazell chose to return to Seton Hall for his senior season rather than pursue a big-money pro contract. He was having a very good season, pouring in an average of 24 points per game, until he suffered the wrist injury in a November tilt against the University of Alabama. He had surgery Dec. 2 and was expected to miss up to six weeks – but now he could be out for the rest of the season. His hardcourt dreams aside, Hazell said he is just glad he wasn’t shot dead in the street. “I just feel very lucky, very blessed,” he said.
Seton Hall basketball star Jeremy Hazell reveals in an exclusive interview the pain he felt when a bandit’s bullet pierced his body as he fled a stickup. “I knew I got shot,” he told the Daily News Monday. “I felt it, but I just kept running.” “It was scary,” the senior guard said of his run-in with four men at the Carver Houses on E. 104th St. early Sunday. “I didn’t know these guys – never saw them before. They just tried to rob me. I never knew something like this could happen to me.”
Willard did say that Hazell may redshirt this season due to a broken wrist suffered in November during a game against Alabama. “January 10 we’ll find out,” Willard told reporters, according to Sportsnet New York. “Even then we’ll have to make a decision whether it’s good for him to come back or not, this year … There’s a pretty good chance he might not come back this year. “The way I look at injuries [is] if it’s good for him to come back and it makes sense for him and he can be a highly productive player and make money out of it next year then he’ll come back. But if he’s not going to be 100 percent and it’ll hurt his draft status or making money the year after then we’ll make the decision that he should red-shirt. We’re going to do whatever’s best for Jeremy.”
Seton Hall senior guard Jeremy Hazell was shot on Christmas during an attempted robbery in New York City and is resting at home, Seton Hall spokesman Matt Sweeney confirmed Sunday, according to Sportsnet New York. “He was shot [Saturday] night in his hometown [Harlem] after an attempted robbery,” Sweeney confirmed by phone, according to Sportsnet New York. “He was back home for the holiday. He was shot during an attempted robbery. He was shot under his right arm. He was taken to St. Luke’s Roosevelt, treated and released this morning. “He’s resting at home comfortably. It’s certainly not life-threatening in any way.”