The Dallas Morning News

UT freshman Hayes to enter draft


AUSTIN — Jaxson Hayes is the latest oneanddone big man at Texas.

Texas said Thursday the freshman forward will hire an agent and enter the NBA draft, as his meteoric rise from high school bench player barely three years ago into a projected early firstround draft pick this summer continues.

“I have always dreamed about playing in the NBA,” Hayes said. “Now I have the chance to realize that dream.”

Hayes is the third consecutiv­e Longhorns big man to leave for the NBA after his freshman season, following Jarrett Allen and Mo Bamba.

Hayes grew from a 60 freshman in high school to 610 as a senior when he finally cracked the starting lineup at his Cincinnati high school. He wasn’t rated a top 100 recruit when he signed with Texas.

Hayes set a UT season record by shooting 73% from the field. He averaged 10 points, five rebounds and more than two blocks per game and was named the Big 12 freshman of the year.

Former TCU guard to enter draft: Former TCU point guard Jaylen Fisher entered his name in the NBA draft. He made the announceme­nt on Twitter, about three months after deciding to not return to the program for his senior season.

“I am currently keeping all my options [open] as I go through this process,” Fisher wrote on Twitter. “I am excited to get the necessary feedback to make the best decision.”

Desmond Bane, TCU’S leading scorer this season, announced Tuesday that he was entering the draft but said he is keeping his options open about returning for his senior season.

Players have until 4 p.m. on June 10 to withdraw their names from the draft.

■ LSU freshman guard Javonte Smart said he is planning to enter the NBA draft. Smart was the player mentioned by nowsuspend­ed coach Will Wade in published transcript­s of a leaked FBI wiretap in which Wade discussed an “offer” to a person affiliated with the player.

■ Cam Reddish became the latest Duke freshman to leave school for the NBA draft, announcing his decision a day after teammate RJ Barrett said he was entering the draft.

■ Stanford 69 sophomore forward KZ Okpala declared for the NBA draft.

Nevada hires Alford: Nevada moved quickly to replace one bigname coach with another, hiring former UCLA coach Steve Alford to replace Eric Musselman, who left for Arkansas.

Frozen Four: Billy Exell scored the goahead goal with 9:53 remaining and defending champion Minnesota Duluth beat Providence 41 on Thursday night to advance to the final in college hockey’s Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y.

Denver played Massachuse­tts in the other semifinal.

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