Yann Balikouzou Rumors
The Knicks are among the teams who have conducted a video interview with prospect Killian Hayes, according to his agent, Yann Balikouzou. Balikouzou said on the Envergure podcast last month that Hayes had talked to dozens of teams. Some of those teams did not have a lottery pick, which is an indication that teams are at least considering trading up in the draft for a player like Hayes.
While Hayes interviewed with the Knicks, Balikouzou said his client hasn’t spoken to every lottery team. Balikouzou said Hayes would likely speak with Minnesota and Golden State but didn’t plan to do an interview with Cleveland. “It’s not a secret, they probably won’t draft a guard,” Balikouzou, of ISE, said in the interview, which was conducted in French and translated. “….The chances they’d draft a guard are really thin.”
ISE has hired NBPA- and FIBA-certified agent Yann Balikouzou, whose clients include French G Killian Hayes, a projected high-first-round pick in the ’20 NBA Draft who plays for Cholet in France’s top pro league. Balikouzou has been running his own firm, Triple Threat Agency, and he will now take the new position of ISE Basketball Dir of Int’l Operations. He will be based in Paris and is bringing with him to ISE a strong group of international players. In his new role, he will oversee scouting and client recruiting in Europe and Africa for ISE Basketball, while repping the company’s international clients.