COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
WEIGHT: 240 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MIDDLE OF SECOND ROUND
PLAYER SUMMARY: Hayes as been a first team All Big-10 selection the last 2 seasons. He thought about entering the 2016 draft but withdrew his name. He came back his senior year and was the leader of the Badgers.
Hayes is most effective when when he is playing in the paint. He tried to play on the perimeter as a junior to impress NBA scouts and to show them he can play on the wing. The results were mixed. He struggled shooting the outside jumper.
At his best, he can be a small ball power forward who can rebound, pass, and defend. There is a role for him in the NBA if he understands his limitations. He isn’t a small forward. He is a very good but undersized power forward. We believe he can be a rotational player in the NBA who can be used in spurts.
Look for Hayes to be drafted somewhere in the 2nd round of the 2017 NBA Draft. There are roster spots for a player like Hayes. He plays hard and has skills that translates to the NBA game. However, his size will limit him into a rotational player at best.
BELOW IS NIGEL HAYES 2016 NBA PLAYER PROFILE
PLAYER SUMMARY: Nigel Hayes has made dramatic strides in his overall game from his freshmen year up to the present. He was a key starter on last years Badgers’ team that made the NCAA Final. While current NBA players Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker were the stars of that team, Hayes is now the unquestioned leader for Wisconsin.
Hayes is a very tough, rugged player who’s style is perfect for the Big-Ten Conference. He has really improved his shooting, where he can now make 15 foot jumpers regularly. In the beginning of his college career he had no outside shot, although with hard work he can now extend his range to the college 3-point line. He has made himself into a solid shooter through hard-work. This makes him a tough match-up for opposing power forwards. Hayes is also a very good rebounder and plays with an attitude, albeit a good one.
The knock on Nigel Hayes is that he projects as a “tweener” at the NBA level. At 6’8″, he is to small for PF and too slow without the necessary skills for the SF position. He is a player who isn’t great at one particular skill but good in almost all areas. He reminds me very much of Draymond Green while Green was at Michigan State. Green was doubted his entire career when he was a 2nd round pick and has developed into one of the NBA’s elite players.
Nigel Hayes isn’t as good as Draymond Green. He might already be a finished product as I don’t know how much more he can improve. He doesn’t have the ceiling as other players who will enter the NBA Draft. Although, in my opinion, Hayes has a chance to be a solid rotational player in the NBA. He isn’t flashy, however he is very productive and consistently produces. I believe he can be a very effective role player in the NBA and will be a good addition to the NBA team that drafts him.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF NIGEL HAYES (2017)
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