Hayes with the Texas Longhorns in 2018
|No. 10 – New Orleans Pelicans|
|Born||May 23, 2000|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|NBA draft||2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|2019–present||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Jaxson Reed Hayes (born May 23, 2000) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Texas Longhorns.
High school career
Hayes attended Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew from six feet as a freshman to 6'11 as a senior. As a senior, he averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks per game. He committed to the University of Texas to play college basketball.
As a freshman at Texas, Hayes averaged 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 72.8% from the field. He scored a career-high 19 points along with seven boards, two steals and a block in a 69–56 loss to TCU. Hayes injured his left knee in a loss to Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament. He was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year. On April 11, 2019, Hayes declared for the NBA draft, forfeiting his remaining three years of eligibility.
On June 20, 2019, the Atlanta Hawks selected Hayes with the 8th overall pick of the 2019 NBA draft and then had his draft rights traded to New Orleans Pelicans along with the draft rights to the No. 17 pick Nickeil Alexander-Walker and the draft rights to the No. 35 pick Marcos Louzada Silva along with a heavily protected 2020 first round pick for the draft rights to No. 4 overall pick De'Andre Hunter and veteran wing Solomon Hill. The trade was officially completed on July 7, 2019.
New Orleans Pelicans (2019–present)
Hayes made his NBA debut for the New Orleans Pelicans on October 10th, 2019, scoring 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting against the Golden State Warriors in an 11 point loss. On November 17th, he made his first career start in place of the injured Derrick Favors, achieving his first NBA double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds along with 3 blocks in a 108–100 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Hayes recorded 3 blocks again in the following game, a 115–104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on November 19th, making him the first Pelicans rookie to log at least two blocks in three consecutive games since Jeff Withey in 2014.
On December 5th, 2019, Hayes recorded 17 points and 5 blocks in a 139–132 loss to the Phoenix Suns, at the age of 19 years and 196 days, becoming the third youngest player in NBA history to record at least such statistics in a single game, behind only LeBron James and Andrew Bynum. A month later, on January 9th 2020, Hayes recorded his second NBA double-double, scoring 14 points and adding 12 rebounds to go along with 4 blocks in under 24 minutes of play. In doing so, he became the first teenager to record such statistics since Wendell Carter in 2018, and the first to do so for the Pelicans since Anthony Davis had done so in March of 2015. Hayes and Davis are the only two Pelican players to record such a statistical line before turning 20.  Days later, Hayes recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over the New York Knicks, tallying consecutive double-doubles for the first time in his NBA career.  The following night, Hayes posted a career high 20 points in a 35 point loss to the Boston Celtics.
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Hayes father, Jonathan Hayes, played in the National Football League (NFL) and is currently the head coach of the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks. His mother, Kristi (Kinne), played basketball at Drake University (1991-95) and earned honorable mention Kodak All-American accolades and Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior (1994-95). Kristi recorded 3,406 career points during her four years (1987-91) at Jefferson-Scranton High School (Jefferson, Iowa). She previously served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Oklahoma, Iowa and Southern Illinois-Carbondale. Hayes has 3 siblings, Jillian who is committed to play basketball at University of Cincinnati and is a varsity basketball player at Loveland High School (Ohio), Jewett and Jonah.
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