Michael Haynes, a junior college transfer who was getting ready to enroll at Iona in the coming weeks, was shot and killed Thursday night in his native Chicago.
Haynes, 22, was shot while attempting to break up a fight over a stole necklace, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Police told the paper Haynes was shot in the wrist, chest and lower back at around 5:10 p.m. He was declared dead at MetroSouth Medical Center at 6:25 p.m.
Haynes had committed to Iona in May, after playing last season at Indian Hills CC. He originally attended UTEP but never appeared in a game.
“The Iona family is devastated with the news on Michael's passing,” head coach Tim Cluess said in a statement. “His passion, energy and excitement for his opportunity this year makes this tragedy even more upsetting. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Haynes, a 6-foot-6 forward, was one of nine players in Iona's 2012 recruiting class.