24 Jan

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Longhorns’ Hayes honing his craft

Freshman big man Jackson Hayes is honing his craft on and off the court as the Longhorns look for stability through the rest of Big 12 Conference play (photo by Jose Mendez/Horns Illustrated).

AUSTIN — By leaps and bounds Jaxson Hayes is emerging as a crucial part of the Texas Men’s Basketball team.

Those leaps are leading to tons of blocks for Hayes, the league-leader in the Big 12 Conference swats so far this season and among the nation’s elite.

As the freshman continues evolving, it’s that leaping ability that has put him in position to learn to hone his game even more. Especially as opposing teams try to bait him out of position for a block only to open up space for an inside pass and score or an offensive rebound.

“In high school you can tell what someone’s about to do — if they’re just gonna lay it up or dunk it,” Hays said. “But in college you never know if they’re gonna bring it up, (or) go down. It’s a lot harder to read what they’re gonna do (in college).”

Jaxson Hayes has come up big for the Texas Men's Basketball team even as he's 'just scratching the surface' of what he can do on the hardwood (photo by Jose Mendez/Horns Illustrated).