Jaxson Hayes


POSITION: CFROM: TexasHT: 6-11 1/2WT: 220
BORN: 5/23/00YEAR: Fr.WING: 7-3 1/2REACH: NA

Draft Notes

An under-recruited center who had an outstanding Freshman season for the Longhorns. Unfortunately his season was cut short by a knee injury (thankfully just a bone bruise) in the conference tournament. It remains to be seen how much he will work out for NBA teams leading up to the draft.

Hayes experienced a late growth spurt in high school and went from being a virtual unknown (and a damn good football player) to being a potential NBA lottery pick.

  • Has great size and athleticism. Moves his feet well, establishes position on defense and changes ends in a hurry.
  • Has very good hands and catches everything thrown his way.
  • Has good touch around the rim and is starting to put it all together on the offensive end (shot 72.8% from the field and 74% from the ft line as a Freshman).
  • An excellent shot blocker with natural defensive instincts. Does a good job of going vertical and contesting shots without drawing the foul. Gets off his feet quickly. Averaged 2.2 blocks in just 23 minutes per game.
  • Still very raw and figuring things out on both ends of the floor.
  • Shows flashes of shooting ability but isn’t yet consistent enough from mid range.


  • Has some Hassan Whiteside in his game.
  • Built like JaVale McGee but stronger and with a more advanced game.

Draft Projection

lottery pick