The Wisconsin Badgers practiced inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday afternoon, the same arena that's home to the Los Angeles Lakers and legend Kobe Bryant. The Badgers assigned sophomore forward Nigel Hayes to the locker of the NBA great.
Needless to say, Hayes was a little star-struck...
Nigel Hayes loves Kobe. He was told he had Kobe's locker: I probably will sleep in this locker tonight so that way I can absorb Kobe powers.— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) March 25, 2015
Though Hayes received Bryant's locker, sophomore guard Bronson Koenig was also struck by Bryant's aura... in a slightly different manner.
Needless to say, Bryant responded to all the admiration by the Badgers:
No. 1 seed Wisconsin faces No. 4 seed North Carolina on Thursday at 6:47 p.m. CT. Can Hayes pull off a Kobe-like performance against the Tar Heels? Maybe the locker can help...