Charlotte Hornets draft Texas' Jaxson Hayes to address poor rim protection

The Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Hornets addressed a need for interior defense Thursday, when they drafted Texas center Jaxson Hayes with the 12th overall pick. Hayes averaged 10 points, five rebounds and 2.2 shots blocked in his single college season with the Longhorns. He was a late bloomer in high school, who changed his primary sport from football to basketball, partially as a result of a dramatic growth spurt. He grew about 7 inches to his current 6-foot-11. Both of his parents are accomplished athletes: His father, Jonathan Hayes, played tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1990s. He has since become a coach, including a stint with the Cincinnati Bengals. Hayes' mother, Kristi,

Scroll to continue with content

What to Read Next