Atlanta Hawks Must Avoid Improper Fit Jaxson Hayes

Atlanta Hawks, Jaxson Hayes #10 (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
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NBA Draft Combine

Jaxson Hayes has good height and length. He has a wingspan of 7’3.5″ and a standing reach of 9’2.5″, as measured at the NBA Draft Combine. Tacko Fall, Bol Bol and Nicholas Claxton were the only three major prospects to measure taller. Only Bol and Fall have longer wingspan and a higher standing reach. In the lane agility drill, Hayes’ time of 11.4 seconds ranked number 11 among power forward and center prospects. He is listed as a power forward himself strangely. This trailed notable draft eligible big men such as Brandon ClarkeLuka Samanic, Nicolas Claxton, Bruno Fernando and Daniel Gafford. The three-quarter court sprint saw Hayes once again place number 11, finishing behind the group of previously mentioned players again. He placed seventh among big men in the shuttle run, trailing Gafford, Fernando, Clarke and Samanic, as consistent with the other events.

In the standing vertical jump, Jaxson Hayes placed in a tie for number 12 among the other aspiring big men. He was bested by recognizable draft names like Brandon Clarke, Daniel Gafford, Nicolas Claxton and Bruno Fernando, while tying with Luka Samanic. The max vertical leap saw ten men post better jumps, than the 34.5 inches achieved by Jaxson Hayes. The usual suspects finished ahead once again, but he did beat Bruno Fernando in this event. Hayes only managed to lift 185 pounds five times in the bench press. This was tied for place 15, with Daniel Gafford and small forward Nassir Little, who is also under consideration for the Atlanta Hawks. Bruno Fernando, Brandon Clarke, Nicolas Claxton, Taco Fall and Luka Samanic, all managed to lift more repetitions than Hayes.