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Badger Bits: Nigel Hayes’s NBA Summer League debut; Bucky jumps around at Summerfest

Some weekend news as you travel to your July 4th destinations.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-East Regional-Wisconsin vs Florida Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Sunday, everyone.

As we gear up to celebrate Independence Day, B5Q wants to wish all of our readers a very safe and enjoyable July 4th holiday.

While others may be enjoying cookouts and grilled meats of fine varieties, former Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes is down in Orlando as a member of the New York Knicks’ NBA Summer League team.

The Knicks lost to the Dallas Mavericks 80-76, with Hayes not scoring a point on six shot attempts. The former Wisconsin standout did grab six rebounds and dished out two assists in the loss, however.

Fans can check out Hayes and the Knicks again in summer league play on Sunday at Noon CT on NBA TV.

Bucky jumps around with House of Pain

It was bound to happen at some point, and it was the perfect pairing at “The World’s Largest Music Festival.”

At Summerfest in Milwaukee, House of Pain played at the BMO Harris Pavilion on June 30. Earlier in the day, UW held a “Badgers Prep Rally” at the same stage, so it only makes sense that this collaboration came together.

Behold, Bucky Badger dancing to House of Pain’s “Jump Around:”

Bucky made an appearance during the best House of Pain song --- Jump Around! BMO Harris Bank Pavilion with Miller Lite

Posted by Summerfest on Friday, June 30, 2017

How House of Pain and Wisconsin became intertwined was recently featured in the Camp Randall 100 series.

Another 2018 verbal commitment for Wisconsin football?

June was a great month for head coach Paul Chryst and his coaching staff, locking down six of their 16 known verbal commitments for the class of 2018.

It appears the coaching staff is not done, as reported on Saturday that there’s a 17th commitment for this class. The player’s name has not yet been released by the Rivals site due to respect of the recruit, but stay tuned to B5Q once we hear more on if/when the news breaks.

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