His performances to date have been good, often very good and have helped him get noticed by professional scouts for teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
In fact, he has already been labeled as a top NBA Draft prospect. But, he is not ready to play basketball professionally. His current focus is to provide superior offense and defense for Head Coach Bo Ryan at the University of Wisconsin.
As a graduate of Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio this rapidly-growing young performer entered college with a “can’t miss” tag and high expectations. He has done well in his first year as a varsity basketball player who comes off the bench to provide instant offense and solid defense.
In fact, Hayes was named the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year in the 2014-2015 Season. He got that prestigious award because he provided lots of scoring when given playing time.
Hayes was also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2015 after playing superbly last year when still a freshman.
Now, as a sophomore in the new 2015-2016 Season, Nigel Hayes has been named to the Third Team All-Big Ten squad. The awards and recognition have been great and, as the player would say, much appreciated. But Nigel Hayes knows there is still a lot that he needs to do, much more that he needs to accomplish before he can look in the mirror and tell himself that he is NBA-ready.
The scouts watching him and reporting back to the league’s professional teams may already believe that this young man has what it takes to be a star in the National Basketball Association (NBA). But Hayes is someone who thinks for himself and who appears to look at his basketball skills with honesty.
As such, this Small Forward seems happy to stay in school for this year and probably for a second and even a third year. He wants to hone his game so that when he finally gets drafted and becomes a professional he will excel at his chosen profession.
There is no doubt that he has the ability to be a terrific NBA performer. But he knows that he is not yet a polished player. That will come with more experience and more playing time against his peers – other college basketball players. Fans of college basketball should enjoy watching the growth and maturity of this still-developing Small Forward with big-time skills.
Courtesy of Rant Sports