Jaxson 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)|
|High school||Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio)|
|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.
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Hayes father, Jonathan Hayes, played in the National Football League (NFL) and is currently the head coach of the St. Louis XFL team. 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.
- "Beach Ball Notebook: Moeller's Jaxson Hayes quickly growing into newfound stardom". myrtlebeachonline.
- "Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes is rising hoops star". Associated Press. December 19, 2018.
- "Moeller basketball star announces college choice". WCPO. September 29, 2017.
- "And the winner for Moeller's Hayes is Texas". Cincinnati.com.
- Caron, Emily (April 18, 2019). "Texas Forward Jaxson Hayes Declares for 2019 NBA Draft". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
- "Pelicans acquire rights to Alexander-Walker, Hayes, Silva". NBA.com. July 7, 2019.
- "Fran Fraschilla: Jaxson Hayes is best long-term NBA prospect of more than 20 college teams". Cincinnati.com.