On Thursday evening, former Texas Longhorns forward Jaxson Hayes got the news that he’ll start his professional basketball career forming a high-flying tandem with potential New Orleans Pelicans franchise savior Zion Williamson after a draft-night trade with the Atlanta Hawks.
As the eighth selection, Hayes was picked at the high end of his projections, but Hayes didn’t just make a splash with the first truly major recognition of his remarkable trajectory since his junior season of high school basketball, spurred by a block of Williamson in an AAU game by Hayes that helped grow his confidence in his ability to compete at the highest levels. The next time he blocks Williamson, it will be in practice.
That other splash, though — Hayes earned some serious praise on social media for his Sideshow Bob necklace, which he reportedly had made of 1,000 VS diamonds and rubies at an estimated cost of $25 thousand.
On social media, the Twitter profile picture for Hayes is Sideshow Bob, the Simpsons character, while his Instagram handle is @sideshowjax. It’s clearly the hairstyle that creates the most resemblance, so Hayes is leaning into it.
Hayes leaned into the overall look further with his well-cut ruby suit that echoed the rubies in Sideshow Bob’s hair and Sideshow Bob monograms on his black loafers. If the color of his suit was a bold choice that avoided being loud, his subdued shirt and tie combination kept his style choices from appearing garish — he’ll still be proud of his style statement in 20 years.
Hayes reportedly bought the necklace to celebrate his accomplishment of becoming a professional basketball player and there’s no question that his style shined on the big stage just like Hayes unexpectedly shined as a freshman at Texas.
Nicely done, big man.