LAFAYETTE — Shooting guard Hayward Register’s days with Louisiana-Lafayette’s basketball team are over, coach Bob Marlin confirmed in a statement Thursday afternoon.
“Hayward has asked for and has been granted his release (to transfer) for next season,” Marlin said. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Register tweeted from his non-verified account Thursday afternoon, “It was great being at UL … but sometimes things are crazy … everything happens for a reason.”
With this news, the Cajuns only have three players returning who averaged more than eight minutes per game this season.
Register opened the 2015-16 season with high expectations as a sharp-shooting starter, but he never found his shooting touch and his minutes were drastically slashed. He played less than 10 minutes in five of the Cajuns’ last seven games.
He figured to be the Cajuns top shooter from the outside, carrying a 38.2 percent career mark from 3-point range entering the season, including a 39.7 percent effort as a sophomore.
But Register got off to a horrific start, knocking down just eight of his first 39 attempts from 3-point range. He quickly lost his grip on his starting spot, and his shooting didn’t improve much throughout the season.
He finished the year making 29.1 percent of his 3-point attempts, the fifth best mark on the team.
He played in all 34 games, averaging 5.6 points per contest. Despite playing just 13.4 minutes per game this season, Register shot the 10th most 3-pointers in the Sun Belt Conference.
Register became the second player from this year’s team to seek a transfer, joining forward Jay Hedgeman, who was suspended for the remainder of the season after the UT-Arlington game in mid-February.
Register was the most prominent player with local ties on the team. He is a Lafayette native who earned all-state recognition at Comeaux High School. Little-used walk-on Jacob Broussard of Lafayette Christian is the lone player returning for next season with Acadiana ties.
Guards Jay Wright and Johnathan Stove and forward Bryce Washington are now the only players returning from this year’s team who averaged more than eight minutes per game.
The Cajuns will also return guard Tyrone Wooten, who averaged 2.7 points in 7.3 minutes per game, and forward Scott Plaisance, who played a total of 56 minutes this year.