On April 21, 2017, in Game 3 of the Jazz's first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Hayward scored a career-high 40 points in a 111–106 loss.
Hayward's 21 first-quarter points in Game 3 was a franchise playoff record for any one quarter.
In college, Hayward led Butler to the championship game of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
He landed awkwardly on the hardwood after an attempted alley-oop off a pass from Kyrie Irving, causing his leg to collapse underneath his weight.
Hayward was selected as a member of the United States team for the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.
As a freshman in 2008–09, Hayward averaged 13.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
He was named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, and selected to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team and the All-Horizon League First Team.