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Nigel Hayes (born December 16, 1994) is an American basketball player for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) and the EuroLeague. He played college basketball for the Wisconsin Badgers. Hayes attended Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio.

Nigel Hayes
Nigel Hayes Westchester.jpg
Hayes playing for the Westchester Knicks in 2017
No. 1 – Žalgiris Kaunas
PositionPower forward
LeagueLithuanian Basketball League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1994-12-16) December 16, 1994 (age 24)
Westerville, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High schoolWhitmer (Toledo, Ohio)
CollegeWisconsin (2013–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Undrafted
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–2018Westchester Knicks
2018Los Angeles Lakers
2018Toronto Raptors
2018Raptors 905
2018Sacramento Kings
2018–2019Galatasaray
2019–presentŽalgiris
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA G League All-Rookie Team (2018)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2016)
  • 2× Third-team All-Big Ten (2015, 2017)
  • Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year (2014)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman team (2014)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Contents

High school careerEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Nigel Hayes
PF
Toledo, OH Whitmer 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Nov 11, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2013 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 11, 2013.

College careerEdit

In his freshman season, Hayes played significant minutes, earning Big Ten 6th man of the year and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.

Hayes was the third leading scorer on the Badgers national runner up squad and named third team All-Big Ten as a sophomore

In his junior season, Hayes was named to the first team All-Big Ten after leading the Badgers in scoring (15.7 points per game), assists (3.0) and free-throw attempts (258) and finished second in rebounds (5.8 per game).[1]

Coming into his senior season, Hayes was named Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.[1]

Hayes graduated in May 2017 with a degree in business finance and investment banking. He was noted for being an outspoken athlete and a leader on issues such as racial justice and compensation of NCAA athletes.[2]

College statisticsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Wisconsin 38 0 17.4 .510 .000 .585 2.8 0.9 0.8 0.5 7.7
2014–15 Wisconsin 40 40 32.9 .497 .396 .744 6.2 2.0 0.9 0.4 12.4
2015–16 Wisconsin 35 35 36.2 .368 .293 .736 5.8 3.0 1.1 0.4 15.7
2016–17 Wisconsin 37 37 32.4 .457 .314 .587 6.6 2.7 0.8 0.4 14.0
Career 150 112 29.6 .446 .332 .666 5.3 2.1 0.9 0.4 12.4

Professional careerEdit

Westchester Knicks (2017–2018)Edit

After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, he joined the New York Knicks for the 2017 NBA Summer League. On August 19, he signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Knicks. On October 14, 2017, he was waived by New York.[3] He would later be assigned to the Westchester Knicks affiliate squad for the NBA G League for the majority of the season.

Los Angeles Lakers (2018)Edit

On January 19, 2018, Hayes signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.[4] He made his NBA debut two days later in a 127–107 win over the New York Knicks, playing a single minute that night. The Lakers would not give Hayes a second 10-day contract after his first one expired, and subsequently the Westchester Knicks re-acquired Hayes on January 30.[5]

Toronto Raptors (2018)Edit

On March 6, 2018, the Toronto Raptors signed Hayes to a 10-day contract.[6] On March 12, 2018, Hayes made his debut for the Toronto Raptors scoring 6 points on 2 3-point field goals in 5 minutes played in a 132-106 win against the New York Knicks, the affiliate to the Westchester Knicks. On March 14, 2018 the Raptors re-signed Hayes to an additional 10-day contract.[7] While on his second ten-day contract, Hayes was assigned to the Raptors 905, Toronto's G League franchise.[8] Hayes did not receive a rest-of-season offer from the Raptors and returned to the Westchester Knicks.[9]

Sacramento Kings (2018)Edit

On March 31, 2018, the Sacramento Kings announced that they had signed Hayes for the rest of 2017–2018 season.[10] On July 7, 2018, he was waived by the Kings.[11]

Galatasaray (2018–2019)Edit

On August 29, 2018, Hayes signed with Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL).[12][13]

Žalgiris (2019–present)Edit

On June 12, 2019, Hayes signed with Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League.[14]

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 L.A. Lakers 2 0 5.5 .333 .000 1.000 .0 1.0 .0 .0 1.5
2017–18 Toronto 2 0 3.3 1.000 1.000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 3.0
2017–18 Sacramento 5 0 21.0 .333 .167 .000 4.4 .8 .4 .6 3.6
Career 9 0 13.6 .333 .250 .333 2.4 .7 .2 .3 3.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Potrykus, Nigel (October 11, 2016). "Nigel Hayes named Big Ten's preseason POY". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.seniorclassaward.com/athletes/nigel_hayes/
  3. ^ "Knicks waive Trey Burke, Nigel Hayes and Xavier Rathan-Mayes". Sportando.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Lakers Sign Nigel Hayes". NBA.com. January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Westchester Knicks Re-Acquire Nigel Hayes". NBA.com. January 30, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "Raptors Sign Nigel Hayes To 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.tsn.ca/report-raps-sign-hayes-to-2nd-10-day-deal-1.1027534
  8. ^ "Raptors' Nigel Hayes: Assigned to G-League". CBSSports.com. March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Nigel Hayes returns to Westchester Knicks". Sportando.basketball. March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Kings Sign Nigel Hayes". NBA.com. March 31, 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  11. ^ "Kings Waive Nigel Hayes". RealGM.com. July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Nigel Hayes Galatasaray'da". galatasaray.org (in Turkish). August 29, 2018. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Galatasaray signs Nigel Hayes". Sportando. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  14. ^ "Zalgiris signs Hayes at forward". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 12 June 2019.

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