Jaxson Hayes has left Texas for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Hayes was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

"I have always dreamed about playing in the NBA," Hayes said in a statement. "Now that I have the chance to realize that dream, I would like to pursue that opportunity."

Hayes did not play during the Longhorns' run to the NIT championship after suffering a leg injury, which won't require surgery. 

Hayes is the third consecutive Texas big man to leave for the NBA after one season, following Jarrett Allen and Mo Bamba.