BIRTHDAY: May 23, 2000
HOMETOWN: Norman, Oklahoma
COLLEGE: Texas (Freshman)
AVERAGES: 10.0 PTS, 5.0 REB, 2.2 BLK, 0.3 AST
ABOUT JAXSON HAYES: Jaxson Hayes is a pure physical specimen of an athlete, with great size and length (he has a 7’4″ wingspan and a massive frame) and a springy jump that translated into him being a strong rim protector for the Longhorns, as well as a defensive ability that should be able to translate to the NBA level. Hayes brings a defensive mentality to the court with him, but also potential to be a great target for lobs and cleanup buckets ala Clint Capela. As one of the youngest lottery prospects, he is a project on the rawer side who needs refining before he can contribute at the NBA level, but his physical capabilities will give the team who drafts him a lot to work with.
FUN FACT: Hayes’ father, Jonathan Hayes, played in the NFL for twelve seasons as a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. He is currently the head coach of the St. Louis franchise in the revived XFL league.