For BYU's Haws, scoring ability, mid-range game started at church gym with his dad
“There are times when I have to take a deep breath and count to 10 because I feel like I can see myself jumping out and coming down on the court,” Tiffanie said. “It’s hard and it’s frustrating.”
For opposing coaches preparing for BYU, the No. 1 objective is stopping Haws.
“They put two or three guys on him and they know where he is at all times,” Durrant said. “For him to still be able to score consistently with that type of focus on him is really incredible.”
Lewis saw something special in Haws when Haws was in eighth grade. Haws started on the Lone Peak varsity team as a ninth-grader.
“Maybe the greatest compliment I can give him is, he is the most incredibly consistent player I have ever coached,” Lewis said. ‘There’s never a bad day. He might miss more shots one day than another, but his effort is so consistent. You put him on the floor for 30 minutes and he’s going to score 20 points. It’s just a matter of if he’s going to get 30 or 35.”
“He’s never going to give up a play and he always gives his best effort,” said former BYU star Jackson Emery, who played with Haws when Haws was a freshman. “He’s very clever in creating space for himself.”
When Haws watches basketball on television, he does so with a purpose, rewinding certain plays over and over again, looking to add a new wrinkle to his own game.
Lewis said Haws doesn’t have any sense of entitlement to him, “even with all the success he’s had. It’s really unusual. He’s always kept his feet on the ground, and he’s known who he was.”
As good as Haws is on the court, “off the court, he’s even better,” Holmoe said. “He’s an incredible leader. He’s soft-spoken, but when he speaks, the team listens. He’s admired by the rest of the athletic department because of the way he handles himself on and off the court.”
Those who know Haws say they are impressed by his down-to-earth persona and humility.
“I’ve never, ever, heard him talk about his stats or how many points he’s scored,” said Tyler’s grandfather, Ralph Haws.
As the oldest of three children, Tyler is a “great big brother,” Tiffanie said. Growing up, he would always let his younger brother, T.J., tag along. T.J. is a senior star at Lone Peak and will enroll at BYU after his mission.
On Sundays, Tyler goes home to be with his close-knit family and talk about basketball, and everything else. “It’s how he gets away from it all,” Tiffanie said.
Certainly, basketball is a family affair for the Haws family — and those many early mornings that a father and his son spent together at a small church gym have paid dividends.
“Tyler’s motto is to work hard, and good things will happen,” Marty said. “He doesn’t feel good unless he’s working hard.”
Marty remains a huge part of his son's life.
“I talk to him every day about stuff that’s going on, on and off the court,” Tyler said. “He’s my biggest mentor and my best friend. I wouldn’t be the player I am without him."
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