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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Eric Hayes
Most days after practice, Maryland forward Jake Layman will linger to work with assistants Scott Spinelli and Eric Hayes on getting over screens and on-ball defense. At other times, he'll put up extra shots with teammates.
Eric Hayes grew up in gyms, tagging along with his father, Kendall, to high school basketball practices at Virginia's Potomac High School.
Landon Milbourne leafed through a catalog in the preseason and caught his first glimpse of Maryland's yellow jerseys.
"That's something when I was done playing I knew I wanted to do," Hayes said. "I still wanted to be a part of basketball. Even if I wasn't playing, I still wanted to help guys like my dad helped guys."
"It's a little bit different coming back with a completely new staff, a new athletic director and everything," Hayes said. "It was a big difference. I'm still getting comfortable with the staff, but they really helped me with the transition."