4. Jaxson Hayes stays perfect from the field
Some of the feats that the freshman sensation forward Jaxson Hayes is pulling off this early in his collegiate career is truly flooring. The most significant trend of his of late is the shooting patterns from the field. Hayes hasn’t missed a single field-goal attempt in the last two games. It’s not like he’s only attempted a few shots either.
Hayes is 10-for-10 in the last two games from the field. If he’s able to stay perfect from the field for the third straight game, his 2019 NBA Draft stock would continue to soar. He’s already held to the standard that he could be a first round selection in the 2019 NBA Draft. If he climbs any higher, he could start to creep into the lottery pick discussion.
However, the focus here is on what Hayes can do for Texas basketball in this key showdown against Providence. The Friars don’t have a big man that can contend with the rampant scoring pace that Hayes can find at times. He’s shooting 71.9 percent from the field right now and posting an exuberant 27.8 points per 100 possessions this season.
If Hayes stays in this groove he’s found of late and is able to get to his spot from two-point range, he could be looking at yet another perfect shooting and double-digit point performance. As long as he’s able to stay out of foul trouble (which is an issue for him in almost every game), Hayes is going to be a key part of the Horns push to beat Providence.