As expected, Kilian Hayes entered the annals of French basketball by being selected for the seventh choice by the Pistons. Disappointment on the other hand for Théo Maledon.
Detroit took on a little more French accent on Wednesday. A year after having selected Sekou Doumbouya, chosen in 15th position and author of some promising highlights during his rookie season, the Pistons have indeed set their sights on Kilian Hayes during the draft. With this time the 7th choice.
What to do with the son of DeRon Hayes, the former winger of Cholet, the highest drafted French player in history. The Floridian by birth is thus better than Frank Ntilikina, selected in 8th position in 2017 by the Knicks or than Joakim Noah, selected in 9th choice by the Bulls in 2007. “I knew that Detroit was one of the options. I expected to be the highest drafted French, it was possible, ”he reacted to the microphone of BeIN Sports.
Kilian Hayes can be all the more satisfied with his evening as the young leader, who comes out of a solid season at Ulm, will have a loss to play with the Pistons. The franchise is certainly in reconstruction, but it should be able to benefit from a significant playing time behind Derrick Rose, the titular point guard. And all the more so since he can evolve in the two rear positions.