Blog Post

News

Hayes: “An unforgettable moment” 

Even if he does not stop on this new record for a French player drafted in the NBA, Killian Hayes, retained in 7th place by Detroit on Wednesday, does not hide that he is not about to forget this evening lived in the next to his loved ones.

Even if he does not stop on this new record for a French player drafted in the NBA, Killian Hayes, retained in 7th place by Detroit on Wednesday, does not hide that he is not about to forget this evening lived in the next to his loved ones.

Health context requires, it is from the screen of his laptop that Killian Hayes experienced the NBA 2020 Draft which allowed him to become the new record holder in this area for a French basketball player. The former leader of Cholet transferred last year to Ulm (Germany) has indeed done better than Frank Ntilikina, retained in 8th position by the Knicks in 2017. The native of Lakeland (Florida) was chosen at the 7th place, by Detroit.

If he does not want to focus particularly on this record (“Being the highest drafted Frenchman in history is not really something that is close to my heart, but it is all the same a heavy title to carry. We had spoken a little about it with Frank Ntilikina, we had laughed about it ”), Hayes on the other hand confessed to hot then at the microphone of NBA Extra (bein Sports) that he would never forget this Wednesday evening lived alongside his relatives and which officially opened the doors of the Great League.

“It was truly an unforgettable moment. You can see the reaction of everyone who was with me. Everyone was super happy, super excited. It’s a really unique feeling ”, reacted the U17 vice-world champion with the Bleuets, not really surprised however by the fate reserved for him in this Draft. “I’m not saying it was a guarantee, but I had known for a while that Detroit was among the very interested options. So it wasn’t much of a surprise. But still, when he says your first name, it’s an unforgettable feeling. “

Hayes: “What matters is to prove in training and to gain the confidence of the coach”

The (long) formalities settled, the son of DeRon Hayes, also passed through the Choletaise colors, will therefore discover the NBA, just like his teammate in the French youth team Théo Maledon, picked by Oklahoma City, or from another Killian, Tillie, not called in this lottery very popular in the United States but who still reaches Memphis. With one goal for Hayes: to prove he deserves his chance.

“I spoke with the coach (Dwane Casey), so I know what kind of situation I’m in. Afterwards, you always have to make your place. Nothing is given, especially in the NBA. Everyone wants minutes. So, it doesn’t matter if I’m first or 7th choice. That doesn’t mean anything. What matters is to prove in training and to gain the confidence of the coach ”, insists the little tricolor prodigy, eager to progress alongside his new teammates, and first of all Derrick Rose. “I don’t know him personally, but I watched a lot of videos of him when I was growing up. It would be heavy to have him as a mentor, but especially as a teammate. I have a lot to learn from him. There is no doubt that “D Rose” like the fans of the Pistons should very quickly adopt Killian Hayes.

Related posts

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *