2019 NBA Draft

Jaxson Hayes: Journey to the NBA

Draft prospect draws athletic inspiration from his parents

One standout AAU game and an 11-inch growth spurt in the summer before his freshman year at the University of Texas set Jaxson Hayes on a path that culminated in his declaring for the 2019 NBA draft. Hayes is no stranger to the sports world, as his mom, Kristi, was a basketball star at Drake University and his dad, Jonathan, played 12 seasons in the NFL as a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers.