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2018 Power Forward Jaxson Hayes Cuts List to Five

Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

After picking up an offer from Kentucky on Tuesday, Jaxson Hayes, the 6-foot-10 power forward out of Archbishop Moeller (OH) High School, has cut his list to five schools. In an interview with hometown Cincinnati TV station WXIX on Thursday, Hayes named Kentucky, Texas, Xavier, Butler, and Georgetown as his final five schools.

“He just likes how I can run the floor pretty well for my size,” Hayes told WXIX on Kentucky head coach John Calipari. “He likes how I bloomed late and that I played football, so I have a football mindset. Any Big-12, Big Ten, or SEC school is pretty big. It was really crazy and really exciting.”

According to 247Sports, Hayes is ranked as the No. 233 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 7 player from the state of Ohio. Since August, Hayes has taken unofficial visits to Xavier (Aug. 3) and Kentucky (Sept. 2) and has taken official visits to Texas (Sept. 8) and Xavier (Sept. 15).

“Hayes is a kid who went from not starting and playing very limited minutes as a junior in high school to being a priority recruit for schools all over the Midwest as well as the University of Texas,” said Brian Snow of Scout in a recent article.

Before cutting his list, Hayes also held offers from schools such as Clemson, Ohio State, Purdue, VCU, Illinois, Ball State, Indiana State, MTSU, Miami (OH), and Ohio, among others.

“Think about it, I’m not sure Jaxson has ever started a game in high school. Not on varsity, not on junior varsity, and not even on the freshman team,” Moeller Head Coach Carl Kremer told Scout back in August.

Kremer went on to outline Hayes’ development over the last few years.

“He was a total late bloomer,” explained Kremer. “As a freshman, I am going to guess he was 6-foot-1 tops and maybe 120 pounds. He was literally the 20th guy we kept out of 20 on our freshman team, but you knew he had great upside.

“His sophomore year he grew to be about 6-foot-4 and started to get some JV minutes, but he wasn’t a starter,” Kremer continued. “His junior year he grew to 6-foot-7, maybe 6-foot-8, and really helped us a lot. Now he is a legit 6-foot-9 or 6-foot-10, and this summer everything went to another level. He is a kid who deserves it. He has waited his time and it is kind of neat to see.”

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