- Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting
Ohio State and Wisconsin went toe to toe for Nigel Hayes, and it was the Badgers that picked up an impressive recruiting victory
A power forward with a skill set you can build upon, Hayes’ jumper is solid like his game from the high-post area. When he is not shooting a jumper, he can drive it efficiently or run a dribble handoff facing the basket. His versatility continues as he you can put him in ball-screen situations and he will be scoring threat either rolling or popping.
When he goes inside in the low post, his ability is now good enough to score with his back to the basket as he favors his left shoulder to make his jump hook. As he makes his post move, he possesses the instincts to spin off and away from his defender to find the rim. Utilizing his length and athletic ability, he will take rebounds outside of his area.
In time, he will make a good defender because he understands it’s all about position and he will take charges and not be afraid to sacrifice his body for the good of the team. His physical gifts of size and length will allow him to get deflections and block shots.
Bo Ryan values Basketball IQ in his players, and he will be impressed with Hayes in that department. Hayes demonstrates the type of versatility that Ryan looks for to be effective in the swing offense. Ryan’s offensive concepts are predicated inverting the offense where he has post players who can face up with some skill and guards who can post up.
When it comes to intangibles, one can count on Hayes to play hard and be productive.
This is not the first time Wisconsin has come into Ohio and been successful in recruiting. The Badgers have also snagged commitments from the likes of Rob Wilson and Traevon Jackson in past classes and Vitto Brown this year.