Jan. 6, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- After a career-high 19-point performance against Northwestern on Jan. 2, Nigel Hayes earned his second-straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor, the conference announced Monday.
Hayes went 8-for-12 (.667) from the field and added six rebounds, three assists and two steals in Thursday’s Big Ten opener at Northwestern. The freshman has reached double figures in three of UW’s last four games and is averaging 13.5 points per game during Big Ten play. Hayes averaged 4.0 points per game during the first 11 games of the season.
Over the last three games, Hayes is averaging 12.3 points per game while shooting 11-for-20 (.550) from the field as UW’s sixth man.
The Toledo, Ohio, native is just the sixth player in Big Ten history to earn back-to-back conference freshman of the week honors, joining Michigan’s Nik Stauskas (2012-13), Trey Burke (2011-12) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (2010-11), as well as Indiana’s Cody Zeller (2011-12) and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (2010-11).
Hayes, who is fifth on the team in scoring (6.5), also matches Sam Dekker for most Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors in UW history.