|Hayes was named the Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year in 2013-14.
Nigel Hayes has proven through his first two seasons that he's more than up to the task of making an impact in the Big Ten for the Badgers. The Toledo, Ohio, native averaged 9.8 points per game during conference play as a freshman en route to Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year honors. A Big Ten All-Freshman team selection, Hayes followed up his impressive debut campaign with a sophomore season worthy of Third-Team All-Big Ten honors. A big-bodied post, Hayes has demonstrated nifty skill around the rim and a propensity for getting to the free throw line. As a freshman, Hayes also showed off a consistent 15-foot jumper (led UW shooting .546 FG), then after not attempting a single 3-point field goal in 2013-14, Hayes extended his game to include a lethal 3-point shot in 2014-15 (third on UW at .396 3FG).
• 2015 Third Team All-Big Ten
• 2015 Academic All-Big Ten
• 2014 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year
• 2014 Big Ten All-Freshman Team
• Four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree
• Has appeared in 78 career games, including 40 starts
• 41 career double-digit scoring games; three 20+ point games
Started all 40 games during UW's repeat run to the Final Four and the national championship game ... ranked second on team in rebounds (6.2) and third in points (12.4) ... did not attempt a single 3-point field goal last season, but was 40-101 (.396) and ranked third on the team this season ... scored in double figures 29 times on the season, including 19 of the last 24 games ... scored 13 points and was 3-for-4 on 3FGs in the national championship game vs. Duke (4/6) ... recorded 12 points, five rebounds in the Final Four vs. Kentucky (4/4) ... matched a career high scoring 25 points and added five rebounds, two steals to lead UW in winning the Big Ten tournament championship game vs. Michigan State (3/15) ... scored 14 points on efficient 6-for-9 shooting and added four rebounds, two assists and one steal to help UW clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title vs. Michigan State (3/1) ... tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds, plus a career-high five assists, at Rutgers (1/11) ... racked up a team-high 21 points (7-9 FG, 2-3 3FG), plus three assists and two rebounds vs. Penn State (12/31) ... led the Badgers with both a game-high 17 points and career-high 13 rebounds at Cal (12/22) ... had 15 points (5-7 FG) and seven rebounds in UW's 68-65 comeback win over Georgetown (11/27) ... scored a career-high 25 points on 8-for-11 shooting, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range, to go along with 11 rebounds vs. Green Bay (11/19) ... tallied 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds vs. Chattanoog (11/16) for his first career double-double.
Appeared in a UW freshman-record 38 games, recording the most minutes per game (17.4) among any UW reserve ... earned the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year award and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen Team ... earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times (Dec. 30, Jan. 6, Feb. 10, Feb. 17), becoming the first player in conference history to earn back-to-back such honors on multiple occasions ... reached double figures in scoring 12 times this season, eight of which came against Big Ten opponents ... averaged 7.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, including 9.8 points and 3.4 boards in Big Ten play ... shot .546 during league action, ranking third in the Big Ten ... his 164 free throw attempts ranks first in UW freshman single-season history ... tallied 10 points, six rebounds and two assists against Baylor (March 27) in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen ... poured in 15 points and added six rebounds and two assists against Minnesota (March 14) in the Big Ten tournament ... scored 12 points on 5-of-6 (.833) shooting from the field at Nebraska (March 9) ... recorded 15 points and four rebounds against Minnesota (Feb. 13) ... scored 14 points shooting 8-of-12 (.667) from the free throw stripe against Michigan State (Feb. 9) ... poured in 14 points and four rebounds on a 5-for-7 (.714) effort from the field at Illinois (Feb. 4) ... shot 6-for-7 (.857) from the field, tallying 17 points and adding five rebounds against Ohio State (Feb. 1) ... in first-ever Big Ten game, scored a career-high 19 points and set a career-high with six boards at Northwestern (Jan. 2) ... tallied 17 points in 14 minutes against Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 14), finishing 13-for-17 (.765) from the free throw stripe ... earned seven points, five rebounds and two blocks vs. Saint Louis (Nov. 25) in the semifinals of the Cancun Challenge ... tallied eight points and grabbed a pair of rebound vs. Florida (Nov. 12).
An ESPN Top-100 recruit for the Class of 2013, Hayes averaged 15.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.2 blocks per game for Whitmer High School ... led the Panthers to an 18-6 record and a No. 10 state ranking in Division 1 ... shot 54 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free-throw stripe as a senior ... totaled 1,333 points, 766 rebounds, 294 assists during four-year career and is school's all-time blocks leader (163) ... as a junior Hayes averaged 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while leading Whitmer to a 24-3 record, a No. 5 state ranking, and an appearance in the Division I state championship game ... also earned first-team Northwest District and second-team all-state honors as a junior and was named to the 2012 OHSSA Division I State Tournament Team ... earned second-team All-Ohio honors in both 2011 and 2012 ... the four-year letterwinner tallied a career-high 38 points against Scott as a freshman ... also lettered in football
Born in Westerville, Ohio ... parents are Talaya and Albert Davis ... has one brother, Kenny, and two sisters, Alaya and Alana ...enjoys random facts and trivia