Texas’ Hayes, potential lottery pick, injures knee


Texas Longhorns freshman Jaxson Hayes, a potential top NBA draft pick, injured his left knee during Thursday’s 65-57 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks and will get further evaluation, coach Shaka Smart said.

“Hopefully it’s not extremely serious,” Smart said. “But he was in some pain.”

Hayes, the Big 12’s Freshman of the Year, fell to the floor under the basket with 1 minute, 58 seconds left in the conference tournament quarterfinal in Kansas City, Missouri. He appeared to get tangled with Kansas guard Devon Dotson. Hayes had to be helped off the court and couldn’t put weight on his leg.

Hayes is ranked No. 10 among the top 100 prospects for this June’s NBA draft, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

The 6-foot-11 forward entered Thursday averaging 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds.



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