Potential lottery pick Killian Hayes declares for NBA draft

Killian Hayes
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Killian Hayes was born in Florida. He grew up in France, where his father played professionally and his mother is from. Hayes has played for France in international competition. Professionally, he played for Ulm in Germany.

His next destination?

The NBA.

Hayes, via Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

“I am officially declaring for the NBA draft,” Hayes wrote via email. “I have sent in paperwork to the league office and I’m very excited.”

A 6-foot-5 point guard, Hayes is projected as a lottery pick.

Hayes accelerates rapidly. With the space he creates, he takes advantage with touch around the basket or – if the defense scrambles – passes to open teammates.

But Hayes is more quick than fast with sustained speed. He’s not an explosive athlete who finishes above the rim, either. He’s also very left-handed dominant. All that sometimes allows defenders to catch up.

Hayes’ size creates an intriguing defensive profile. He must improve as an outside shooter, though the 18-year-old appears to be on the right track.