Moeller's Hayes named LaRosa's Athlete of the Week

Moeller's Hayes named LaRosa's Athlete of the Week (LaRosa's)

  • NAME: Jaxson Hayes
  • SCHOOL: Moeller High School
  • SPORT(S): Basketball
  • GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Signing with University of Texas
  • BIRTHDATE: 5/23/2000
  • HEIGHT 6'11"-210 lbs.
  • RESIDENCE: Loveland
  • PARENTS: Jonathan & Kristi
  • BIGGEST INFLUENCE: "My parents."
  • FUTURE GOAL: Make it to the NBA

Senior Jaxson Hayes, a 6'-11" center-power forward for the Ohio state champion Moeller Crusaders, was named 2018 league Defensive Player of the Year, 1st team SWO District and 1st team all-state. He notched a remarkable 123 blocked shots this season in helping the 27-3 Crusaders also capture the GCL-South, district and regional titles.

Offensively, Jaxson averaged 12 points a game with a league-leading seven rebounds-four blocks per game. He also led the league with a 67.3% shooting percentage.

Jaxson had several double-double games this season, including those vs. Scott County (19 points-10 rebounds), Western Hills (15 points-10 rebounds) and Winton Woods (16 points-12 rebounds). He also scored 21 points vs. Wilmington, 20 points vs. Huber Heights Wayne in the regional championship game and 18 points vs. both La Salle and Sycamore.

Jaxson has authentic athletic bloodlines with both parents having been collegiate All-Americans. Dad, Jonathan, was a football All-American at the University of Iowa with a 12-year NFL career (and is the Bengals' tight end coach). Mom, Kristi Kinne Hayes, was a legendary Iowa high school athlete and a basketball All-American at Drake University. His sister Jillian is a sophomore all-star basketball player at Loveland High School.

Jaxson, who also played football his junior year for the Crusaders, will play basketball collegiately at the University of Texas. His favorite athlete is LeBron James, favorite entertainer and most-like-to-meet is Adam Sandler, favorite book is Harry Potter and favorite movie is Step Brothers.

COACH'S QUOTE – "Jaxson is a late bloomer who has stayed patient and persistent as he grew into his 6'11" body. He is now smooth, powerful, and incredibly agile. He dominates games on both ends of the court."

— Carl Kremer, Basketball Coach

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