Good news, Badgers fans. Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes is set to return to school for one more season after withdrawing from the 2016 NBA Draft on Tuesday. Hayes informed the Wisconsin State Journal of his decision.
“There are more tools that I need to add in order to not only be an NBA player but, as I aspire to, be a great one,” Hayes said.
“My mom just wants the best for me and my future, not only as a basketball player but as a man in general. She’s definitely thrilled because her only desire was to get my diploma. So next year, coming back, I will be able to get that. As long as mother’s pleased, the world will continue to spin.”
After two Final Four appearances and a spot in the Sweet 16, Hayes would love to end his career as a Badger on a high
Two seasons ago, Hayes had arguably his best performance with a shooting percentage that exceeded 2015’s by nearly 14 percent. If he is able to return to that form, he could improve his draft stock before giving the draft another go.
Last season, Hayes averaged 15.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
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