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Gordon Hayward opened up about his first impressions regarding rookie guard LaMelo Ball.

Hayward had nothing but good words to say about the abilities of LaMelo Ball.

“He’s taller than I expected. I didn’t realize he was as tall as he was. I’m excited about playing with him. He seems like someone that can really play-make for others and really get others involved, as well as score for himself.

But he seems like he has a natural feel for the game, can do a little bit of everything. Like I said, the height really helps with that. He’ll be able to see over the defense and have that vision,” Hayward said about Ball, via NESN.

The Charlotte Hornets selected LaMelo Ball with the No.3 pick of the 2020 NBA Draft. Meanwhile, Hayward agreed to a four-year, $120M deal with the Hornets.