Haynes Reflects On Successful Career As A Beaver
by Allison Yee
When asked to reflect on his four years at Oregon State, senior guard Calvin Haynes is full of compliments for the university and the Corvallis community. While the Beavers have faced their ups and downs on the court, Haynes has blossomed into a leader for the team and fully embraced being a student-athlete at Oregon State.
Coming from Los Angeles, Haynes knew the environment in Corvallis would be drastically different, and he has thrived in it.
"The friendly culture and family-oriented atmosphere make you feel welcome here," said Haynes. "Everyone's trying to say hi to you and speak to you. It's kind of a shell-shock when you get out of here. Back home in LA, it's so busy and everyone is going about their business."
Haynes made several recruiting visits in high school and knew Oregon State was the right fit for him. "The program was at a point where they needed some help," he said. "I felt like I could be that spark to help return this program to where it used to be. I believed in the coaches and they believed in me."
He has emerged as a difference-maker and offensive power for the Beavers, averaging 13.0 points as a sophomore and then 12.5 points as a junior en route to second team All-Pac-10 honors. When head coach Craig Robinson arrived three years ago, Haynes found his role as a scorer and playmaker. The Beavers could turn to him when they needed a basket or needed someone to set up a play.
"Coach Robinson put the ball in my hands and made me a playmaker," said Haynes. "Giving me that leeway helped this program blossom."
As a veteran player, Haynes is looked upon to provide leadership by being the voice and face of the Beavers.
"My role is showing them that every play matters," Haynes said. "Every loose ball matters. Every rebound matters. I give my teammates the guidance and confidence that they can go out there and help us win."
Haynes also provides the same guidance to his younger sister, Rmanii, a freshman guard at UNLV, who is experiencing the growing pains of being behind two older players on the depth chart. Calvin looks back on his own experiences as an underclassman to support his sister.
"I just keep it really positive and reinforce that everything is going to be okay," he said.
Haynes' strength as a teacher also translates to his work outside basketball. He enjoys working with children and having an impact in the Corvallis community.
"You enjoy seeing kids who look up to you," said Haynes. "You make their day better by going to speak to them or just signing autographs. It makes me feel like I'm doing something for everybody other than myself."
Haynes recalls one of the numerous community service activities the Beavers have participated in together. The team visited a mental health community home for children outside Corvallis and took charge of the day's activities. The players made snow cones and played with the children.
"The team enjoyed it and the kids enjoyed it," said Haynes. "They were big OSU fans, so it was pretty cool to see the smiles on their faces and them looking up to us."
He also finds passion for teaching and working with children through his academics at Oregon State. A communications and new media major, Haynes has been examining a variety of career paths, from broadcasting and serving as an analyst to coaching youth basketball. He finds his coursework fascinating and applicable for any situation.
"It's amazing to explore people's feelings, motives, backgrounds and interpersonal communications," Haynes said. "People's gestures and body language. It helps you in life."
Oregon State's academic strength was another key factor that drew Haynes to Corvallis. Academics has always been important to him, and he knew OSU was serious about it as well.
"My education here has been excellent from when I stepped onto campus to now," said Haynes. "I've enjoyed my time here."
As he finishes his career at Oregon State, Haynes hopes Beaver fans remember his appreciation for their support and his love for the university.
"I played every game with my heart and left everything on the line. I bleed orange and black every single day, and I love Oregon State."