As soft-spoken and thoughtful as ever, Tayshaun Prince seemed like the appropriate former teammate to explain Chuck Hayes’ place in Kentucky basketball lore. You see, Hayes had an understated, yet cerebral way on the basketball court.
True basketball bennies — to borrow from UK Coach John Calipari — could best appreciate how Hayes affected the outcome of a game. Those of us addicted to highlight dunks, flashy passes and three-point shooting struggled to see the art of positioning and the willingness to stay within the boundaries set by the coach.
“Chuck was a guy who really, really went out there and gave his all,” Prince said last week.