Jarvis James Hayes (born August 9, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player currently with the New Jersey Nets of the NBA. A 6'8", 220 lbs. small forward from the University of Georgia and Western Carolina University, Hayes was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 10th overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. Throughout his NBA career, Hayes has averaged at least 8.0 points per game. Hayes is known for scoring points but sometimes lacks defensive prowess.
Jarvis Hayes was born five minutes ahead of his twin brother, South Carolina State University assistant coach Jonas. After a stellar high school career at Douglass High School in Atlanta, he (and Jonas) enrolled first at Western Carolina, where he became the first freshman in 40 seasons to lead the Southern Conference in scoring.
After a year, they moved on to Georgia, where he was named First Team All-SEC in both his sophomore and junior years. He became the first Bulldog to be so honored since Dominique Wilkins in 1981–82. He also stepped up in big games, averaging 28.5 points per game in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.