Tyler Haws is getting another chance to play pro ball in the U.S.
Wisconsin is becoming quite the landing spot for basketball players with Utah ties. The Herd now includes three players who played college ball along the Wasatch Front with Haws, Joel Bolomboy (Weber State) and Gary Payton II (SLCC).
In addition, Utah native Jordan Brady, who grew up in Vernal, is in his first season as the head coach of Milwaukee. Brady has played high school (Uintah), college (SLCC and UVU) and professional basketball (Utah Flash) in the Beehive State. Before joining the herd, Brady was an assistant coach with the SLC Stars.
Bolomboy, whom Utah selected 52nd overall in 2016, was claimed from waivers by the Milwaukee Bucks organization after being released by the Jazz just before the 2017-18 NBA season tipped off last month.
Bolomboy and Payton, who starred at Oregon State after his successful SLCC stint, signed two-way deals with the Bucks.
Haws, BYU’s all-time leading scorer, has bounced around from one opportunity to the next as he’s tried to establish himself in the professional ranks. Since 2015, the 26-year-old shooting guard played with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ summer league team, spent time playing in Europe (Spain, Poland and Italy) and had a tryout deal that didn't stick with the G League’s Delaware 87ers.
Wisconsin already visited Utah to play the SLC Stars a week ago. Neither Bolomboy nor Payton played in the Herd's 103-97 win at SLCC's Lifetime Activities Center.
Haws, a former Utah Mr. Basketball and Lone Peak High star, is getting another shot in the G League because some teams lost players recently for FIBA World Cup qualifying.