Hayes Signs with Team in France’s NF1
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A third member of the 2017 University of Miami women’s basketball team senior class has inked a professional contract with a team in Europe.
Keyona Hayes is set to begin her post-college career with AS Villeurbanne Basket Feminin of NF1 in France. She follows Adrienne Motley and Jessica Thomas, both of whom signed with Luleå Basket in Sweden.
“It’s truly a blessing to be chosen to go to France, one of the most beautiful places in the world,” Hayes said. “This next phase in my life will open my eyes and heart even more for growth in all areas and to be the best I can absolutely be. I’m excited about my journey and couldn’t be happier to share my talents and skills with such a great team and coaching staff.”
One of nine players in program history with over 750 rebounds and greater than 1,100 points, Hayes logged 14 doubles. She finished her career at Miami ninth in rebounding and No. 21 in scoring.
A 6-foot-1-inch forward, Hayes posted two of the top 10 single-season field goal percentage marks by a Hurricane. She shot 54.0 percent in 2016-17, good for fifth-best, and registered a 53.5 percent clip in 2015-16 to place No. 10.
Hayes is one of five Miami players to earn ACC Rookie of the Week honors and one of six to receive ACC All-Tournament Team recognition. The Marietta, Ga., native played in 129 games as a Hurricane, tied with Motley and Sylvia Bullock for third-most all-time.