CINCINNATI, OH - Jaxson Hayes declared Thursday that he'll enter the 2019 NBA Draft and hire an agent. The former Moeller High School standout is expected by many to be a lottery pick in the draft.
"Thank you to all the Longhorn fans and the people of Cincinnati who have been there cheering me on the whole way," Hayes said, via texassports.com.
The Texas Longhorns tweeted about the Big 12 Freshman of the Year’s move:
Hayes suffered a knee injury during the Texas Longhorns’ Big 12 Championship quarterfinal loss to Kansas and missed their run to the NIT title, which included a second-round overtime win against Xavier.
Hayes moved up considerably in recent updates of 2019 NBA Draft big boards assessing the top 60 players expected to be available in June.
Hayes averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game during the season.
More from a recent story by star-telegram.com’s Drew Davison:
But Hayes made it clear he feels he’s ready to play at the next level if he chooses that route.
“I feel like if I were to make the jump, I feel like I’d be good,” Hayes said after Texas won the NIT championship on Thursday night.
“I’d just play my game. I have a lot of confidence in myself.”