|Hayes earned the Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year award in 2013-14.
Sophomore Nigel Hayes proved that Big Ten basketball was not too big for him in his inaugural season a year ago. In his first-ever conference game, Hayes led Wisconsin with 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in a win at Northwestern. The Toledo, Ohio native went on to average 9.8 points per game during conference play en route to Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year honors. A Big Ten All-Freshman team selection, Hayes trailed only Indiana's Noah Vonleh in scoring among conference freshmen. A big-bodied post, Hayes has demonstrated nifty skill around the rim and a propensity for getting to the free throw line, ranking second on the Badgers with 164 free throw attempts. As a freshman, Hayes also showed off a consistent 15-foot jumper (led UW shooting .546 from the field) but has since extended his game to 3-point range heading into 2014-15.
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 38 career games
12 career double-digit scoring games
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