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Jaxson Hayes a strong fit in Chicago

With one week until the 2019 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls hold the seventh pick, and there could be a surprise prospect that may be available for them.

According to Chicago Tribune reporter K.C. Johnson:

“One draft possibility that hasn’t been linked to Bulls much but two people I respect/talked to today believe is strong fit: Texas big man Jaxson Hayes.”

In one season with the Longhorns, the 6’11, 220 pound Hayes averaged 10 points, five rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. Hayes did not take a three-point shot during the season.

Hayes has been a steady riser throughout many draft boards due to his prototypical body and skill set as a big man.

While Hayes is predicted to be a lottery pick, it is unknown if Chicago will use the seventh pick on the big man, or trade back with another team and take him later.

Selecting Hayes would put him alongside a good crop of young talent in Chicago, including guard Zach Lavine, forward Lauri Markkanen, and last years first round draft pick Wendall Carter Jr.

The Bulls finished the 2018-19 season with a 22-60 record, 13th in the Eastern Conference. The team extended interim head coach Jim Boylen.

While Chicago didn’t get much help from the ping-pong balls, they can still find talent like Hayes throughout the draft.