UL Lands Commitment from Local Standout

Louisiana coach Bob Marlin received a verbal commitment from a local basketball standout Wednesday. Cajun Redzone has all the details for you on this 2013 guard.

Hayward Register knew for quite a while where he wanted to eventually play college basketball. It was just a matter of when the all-state shooting guard from Comeaux High and 2012 Daily Advertiser All-Acadiana MVP would make it official.

That time finally arrived Wednesday as Register issued a non-binding, verbal commitment to Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns after he and his parents met with coach Bob Marlin.

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Register is the first public Class of 2013 pledge for the Cajuns.

"My parents and I met with coach Marlin today, and during the meeting I committed to them," Register said. "Coach Marlin asked me how I felt about UL, and I told him that's where I would like to go. He said, ‘Well, that is good to hear. I like a guy who knows what he wants.'"

Register intends to sign a binding national letter of intent with the Cajuns during the NCAA's fall signing period, which is Nov. 14-21. He would be the first signee from a Lafayette school for the Cajuns since Marlin took over the program in March of 2010.

Tulane, Robert Morris, Arkansas-Little Rock, Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State also recruited him before he committed to the Cajuns.

"I grew up around the Cajundome, so it's all I know," Register said. "It's a nice environment. I told my parents I've wanted to go to UL since my freshman year, and they told me the decision was on me. They just wanted me to get my degree. I know I'm ready for the pressure of playing for the hometown school."

Register is known as a sharp-shooting guard who can score in bunches.

"I can shoot and jump," he said. "I'm an athletic shooter."

As a junior Register averaged 20.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, made the Class 5A all-state second team, was the Daily Advertiser's All-Acadiana MVP and was the District 3-5A MVP. He led Comeaux to the Class 5A quarterfinals for the second consecutive season.

Register was at his best in the regional round at Westgate as he poured in a game-high 37 points in an 86-82 overtime win.

He said it was a humbling experience to win so many individual awards as a junior.

"It was a fun season," Register said. "I couldn't play my freshman year because I lived out of zone. I was coming off the bench my sophomore year and really just got to shoot the ball. Junior year I was able to start and score all of those points. Like I said, it was a lot of fun."

Register said he felt comfortable with coach Marlin and liked knowing that he'd have a chance to play immediately when he joins the team for the 2013-14 season.

"Coach Marlin has a good program, plus I like the fact he's one of those coaches who doesn't care if you're a freshman or senior," Register said. "He's going to play whoever is the best player. I like that, and I like that he's an old-school coach. I'm more comfortable with a coach like that."

Register is playing AAU ball this summer for the Louisiana Bayou Flames. Now that his college decision is out of the way, he's focused on becoming a better player.

"I made the early decision so I could focus on my senior year instead of where I'm going to go to college," Register said. "I'm working on improving my ball handling and trying to win a state title this season. Once I get to UL, I want to win some championships."

Register intends to keep his word and stick with his verbal commitment to the Cajuns.

"I'm going to sign in November," Register said. "Once I made this commitment, I'm not going to change my mind. I'm not going anywhere else."

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