About Killian Hayes
Killian Hayes has grown into a highly regarded point guard who could be a high lottery selection. He is a player who glides up and down the court with a solid stride and speed. Eyes have been on Hayes since he turned pro at the age of 16, playing in the top French league. In his second pro season, Hayes averaged 7.1 points and 3.1 assists per game and demonstrated he can compete against some of the best international talent. Prior to signing a Bundesliga contract, he played shooting guard alongside French teammate Theo Maledon at the U17 FIBA World Cup. Hayes was able to finish often in transition and showed his ability to be a slasher. In his current season, he has been a full-time starter for Ratiopharm Ulm.
He has gained confidence, especially shooting from distance so he has become more of a scoring threat. He scored a season high 24 points to go along with five assists against Maccabi R. LeZion and he averaged 15.3 points in his last six games.
Standing at 6-foot-5 with a near 6-foot-8 wingspan, Hayes has great size for a point guard. He is impressive on the open floor and makes good decisions. He has improved his playmaking ability, both in scoring and distributing, as the primary ball handler in pick and roll situations. He still needs to sharpen up his passing in the half court. If he were to increase his confidence in leading right, he could put more pressure on the defense.
Hayes has solid shooting mechanics and consistent follow-through, especially if he can get inside of 15 feet for a jump shot. He typically gets his shot off by using a step back move or pull up jumper. His three point shot looks smoother compared to earlier in the season and he can score at all levels on the court.
Hayes has solid footwork, though he tends to over help which can cause him to be late to close out. He anticipates well and steps in the passing lane for steals, but he needs to improve his awareness of where the ball and his man are when playing help-side defense.
Hayes is a good one-on-one defender. He displays quick hands and recovers well when getting beat off the dribble as he takes the proper angle to recover and uses his wingspan to slow down the opponent from shooting.
- Competed in Germany’s top league with ratiopharm Ulm in 2019- 20 after beginning his career in France.
- Spent parts of two seasons with Cholet’s junior team in the French LNB U-21 league from 2016-18.
- Made his official French League debut in 2017-18 with Cholet’s senior team.
- Won a gold medal with France and was MVP of the 2017 FIBA Under-16 European Championship (16.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 5.1 apg).
- Earned a silver medal at the 2018 FIBA U-17 Basketball World Cup (16.1 ppg, 3.3 apg).
- Participated in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in 2018 and 2019.
- Ranked 50th in the German BBL scoring (11.6 ppg), 13th in assists (5.3 apg) and 17th in steals (1.4 spg) in 25.1 minutes.
- Shot 49.7 percent from the field and 85.2 percent from the free throw line.
- Scored a season-high 24 points in a comeback win vs. Brose Bamberg (Nov. 17).
- Recorded 11 assists vs. Alba Berlin (March 11).
- Has great size for the point guard position.
- Fluid athlete with exceptional body control.
- Creative passer with a high basketball IQ.
- Scores on a variety of pull-ups and step-backs.
- Born in Lakeland, Fla., but primarily grew up in France.
- Father, DeRon, played collegiately at Penn State (1989-93) and enjoyed a lengthy pro career in Europe, mostly in France.
“Manu Ginobili, I like his playing style, his vision. And I like James Harden. I am trying to focus my game more like him – like a point guard who can score but also play for the team. That’s what I am looking for.”
-Hayes, on players he admires and patterns his game after
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