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Killian Hayes
Killian Hayes Ulm.jpg
Hayes with ratiopharm Ulm in 2019
No. 7 – Detroit Pistons
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (2001-07-27) 27 July 2001 (age 19)
Lakeland, Florida
NationalityFrench / American
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2019–2020ratiopharm Ulm
2020–presentDetroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
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Killian Deron Antron Hayes (born 27 July 2001) is a French-American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Standing 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), he mainly plays the point guard and shooting guard positions.

The son of an American basketball player, Hayes was born in Lakeland, Florida but grew up in France due to his father's professional career. From a young age, Hayes played with French club Cholet and excelled at the junior level. He debuted for Cholet's senior team at age 16 before receiving regular playing time in the following season. In 2019–20, he moved to Germany to play for Ulm.

Hayes won the gold medal and earned most valuable player (MVP) honors with France at the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship. He led his team to a silver medal at the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup.

Early life and career[edit]

Hayes was born in Lakeland, Florida in the United States, in the same hospital as his father, DeRon Hayes, who was playing basketball in the American Basketball Association (ABA) at the time.[1] One year later, Hayes began living in Cholet, France after his father continued his career in the LNB Pro A, the country's top league. He played basketball from an early age, facing older opponents and often playing pick-up games in Lakeland and Orlando, Florida. Hayes watched highlights of basketball games on YouTube, drawing inspiration from basketball player Dwyane Wade and AND1 mixtapes, to learn new moves. He grew up playing for Cholet Basket, his father's former club, at the youth level. Although he wanted to play high school and college basketball in the United States, he remained in France upon the advice of his father, who had come from the American basketball system.[2]

In 2016, Hayes turned down an opportunity to join INSEP, a prestigious sports institute in Paris, upon his parents' guidance. He began playing for Espoirs Cholet in LNB Espoirs, the French under-21 league, in the 2016–17 season and was five to seven years younger than many of his opponents.[3][4] In seven Espoirs games, Hayes averaged 4.7 points and 2.3 assists in 15.4 minutes per game.[5] In April 2017, he recorded 13 points, seven assists and five steals, sharing most valuable player (MVP) honors with Addison Patterson, at the Jordan Brand Classic International Game.[6] In the 2017–18 season, Hayes averaged 16.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game for Espoirs Cholet.[4][5] He was named league MVP after the regular season and helped his team win the Trophée du Futur (Trophy of the Future), being named MVP of the competition.[7][8]

Professional career[edit]

Cholet (2017–2019)[edit]

Hayes with Cholet in 2018

Hayes made his debut with the Cholet senior team on 21 October 2017 at 16 years, two months and 24 days of age, playing two minutes in a loss to Nanterre 92 in the LNB Pro A.[9] In February 2018, he played in the Basketball Without Borders camp during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, where he was the second-youngest participant.[10] In his Pro A season finale on 15 May 2018, Hayes recorded 12 points and six assists in a win over Le Mans for his best performance of the season.[11] He finished the season averaging 2.2 points and 1.2 assists in 9.1 minutes per game, through nine appearances.[12]

Before the 2018–19 season, he signed a three-year professional contract with Cholet after considering various other European clubs.[13] On 22 September 2018, after missing three weeks with back and toe injuries, Hayes scored 12 points in a loss to Strasbourg in his first appearance of the season.[14] After his team was last place in its league early in the season, it parted ways with head coach Régis Boissié, who was replaced by Erman Kunter. Due to Cholet's struggles, Hayes initially believed he had "made a huge mistake by staying in Europe."[2] At 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina in February, he competed at the Basketball Without Borders camp for the second time.[15] On 30 May 2019, Hayes tallied a season-high 17 points, five rebounds and five steals in a loss to Élan Chalon.[16] In 34 games, Hayes averaged 7.1 points and 3.1 assists per game.[2]

Ulm (2019–2020)[edit]

On 2 August 2019, Hayes signed a three-year contract with ratiopharm Ulm of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL), the top league in Germany, and the EuroCup.[17] He debuted on 24 September, posting 15 points, six rebounds and six assists in a win over Rasta Vechta.[18] Hayes played his first EuroCup game on 2 October, finishing with eight points, nine assists and three steals in a loss to Virtus Bologna.[19] On 3 November, he recorded his first career double-double, with 11 points and 11 assists in a loss to Alba Berlin.[20] Two weeks later, Hayes scored a then career-high 24 points, along with five assists and three steals, in an 81–78 victory over Brose Bamberg.[21] On 20 November, he tallied 12 points and 11 assists in a loss to Promitheas Patras, becoming the second-youngest player to ever register a double-double in the EuroCup, the youngest being Ricky Rubio.[22] Hayes established a new career-high in scoring on 18 December, with 25 points, five three-pointers and five assists in a 96–92 defeat to Maccabi Rishon LeZion.[23] He recorded 20 points and 10 assists in a 112–106 overtime loss to Alba Berlin on 11 February.[24] When the BBL was suspended on 8 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hayes returned to his family in Lakeland. On 27 March, he declared for the 2020 NBA draft.[25] Hayes did not play in the BBL Final Tournament held that June.[26] He finished the season averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game through 33 combined games in the EuroCup, BBL and BBL-Pokal.[12]

Detroit Pistons (2020–present)[edit]

On 18 November 2020, Hayes was drafted seventh overall in the 2020 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons.[27] On 1 December 2020, the Detroit Pistons announced that they had signed with Hayes.[28]

On 11 December 2020 Hayes made his pre-season debut against the New York Knicks putting up 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. After the game he was critiqued for his lackluster performance. Veteran guard Derrick Rose defended the young rookie by saying "You’re kind of throwing all these kids into the fire, I get that. Tonight, I told (Hayes), ‘Don’t really worry about how the game went or how you played.’ Of course, because he's a perfectionist, he's going to think about it."[citation needed]

National team career[edit]

Representing France, Hayes was named MVP of the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in Podgorica, Montenegro.[29] He averaged 16.6 points, seven rebounds and 5.1 assists per game and led his team to a gold medal.[30][31] At the 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina, Hayes won a silver medal and was named to the All-Star Five after averaging 16.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game.[12] In July 2019, the French Federation of Basketball imposed a six-game suspension on Hayes for not playing in the 2019 FIBA U20 European Championship in Tel Aviv, Israel.[32]

Player profile[edit]

Hayes (left), with Cholet, defends Le Portel's Brandyn Curry in November 2018.

Hayes primarily functions as a point guard.[33] Listed at a height of 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in), he possesses exceptional size for his position, although he is not regarded by analysts as an extraordinary athlete.[34][35][36] Hayes is left-handed and rarely handles the ball with his right hand, which sometimes limits him. He models his offensive game after that of James Harden, another left-handed guard.[37] Hayes has drawn the most praise for his playmaking repertoire. In February 2020, The Athletic writer Sam Vecenie said that "his vision is absolutely off the charts, and his ability to complete passes off of a live dribble with his left hand is unbelievable out of ball screens."[38] Hayes thrives as a pick and roll ball-handler and is comfortable operating in a half-court offense.[34] At the same time, he can be prone to turning the ball over.[37] Hayes displays good shooting form and often attempts step-back jump shots, but his three-point shooting is considered a work in progress.[39] He excels in shooting off the dribble as opposed to in catch-and-shoot situations.[34] Hayes is an accurate free throw shooter and has good touch around the basket, with an advanced floater.[33][39] He can guard shooting guards and smaller-sized small forwards. While his lack of lateral quickness prevents him from being a great perimeter defender, he is more effective as an off-ball and pick and roll defender.[40]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 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


2019–20[41] Ulm 10 10 26.8 .455 .390 .909 2.3 6.2 1.5 .2 12.8

Personal life[edit]

Hayes has an American father, DeRon Hayes, who played college basketball as a forward for the Penn State Nittany Lions in the early 1990s and left as one of the program's most prolific scorers.[2][42] DeRon played professionally in France, Portugal, Sweden, Ukraine and Russia.[4][43] He spent much of the prime years of his career with French clubs Cholet and SLUC Nancy.[44] Hayes' mother, Sandrine (née Demiannay), is a native of Cholet, France and is a former basketball player as well.[45] His parents met because his mother's sister was the girlfriend of his father's teammate.[2]


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