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Nigel Hayes (Photo credit: Toledo Blade/Jeremy Wadsworth)








210 lb



Toledo (OH) Whitmer HS

All-Ohio Red

Rankings Rankings

Rivals: (PF)
Scout: (PF)
ESPN: 82 (#23 PF / #85 overall)
24/7: 89 (#33 PF / #137 overall)
Triple Double Prospects: #2 PF in Ohio

Previous Rankings: 4 stars/81 (#27 PF) > 4 stars/80 (#25 PF) > 3 stars/79 (#29 PF) > 91 (#35 PF) by ESPN; 3 stars/89 (#31 PF/#128 overall > #133 overall) > 4 stars/90 by 24/7

Honors Honors

2013 First Team All-State - Div. 1 (AP)
2013 First Team All-District Northwest - Div. 1 (AP)
2012 Second Team All-State (AP)
2012 First Team All-District Northwest - Div. 1 (AP)
2012 First Team All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference
2011 Second Team All-State (AP)
2011 First Team All-Area (Toledo Blade)

Statistics Statistics

2012-13: 16.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg | Senior (Whitmer)
Summer 2012: 9.9 ppg | EYBL
2011-12: 13.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg | Junior (Whitmer)
2010-11: 14.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.5 bpg | Sophomore (Whitmer)

Signed LOI Signed National Letter of Intent

Signed on November 15, 2012
Badgers sign five for Class of 2013 (
Latest recruiting class has high grade (Wisconsin State Journal)

Verbally committed November 11, 2012
Ohio forward Nigel Hayes completes 2013 recruiting class (Wisconsin State Journal)
Badgers land Ohio forward Nigel Hayes (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
Badgers snag another (
Wisconsin beats out Ohio State for forward Nigel Hayes (CBS Sports)

Nigel Hayes is the younger brother of an Ohio State football commit who tore up the basketball court starting this spring. Toledo is typically a Buckeye stronghold when it comes to big-time recruits, but Wisconsin upped the ante in May, following in the footsteps of early offers from Cincinnati, Dayton, and Xavier. Hayes claimed Wisconsin was recruiting him the hardest (as of late July) and also sticking out to him the most, along with Stanford and some powerful Ohio programs who are coming on strong. Unfortunately for Badger fans though, Ohio State was the latest program to offer Hayes, just before the calendar flipped to August.

Some thought he'd be an automatic commit for the Buckeyes, but Hayes stuck with a plan of taking visits to his top schools. He visited Minnesota, Wisconsin and then Stanford in September, getting an in-home visit from Bo Ryan and Lamont Paris (to play Call of Duty). After visiting OSU for the Nebraska game, he says will make a choice based on those visits by Dec. 1. Wisconsin has done all it can to make it a tough decision for Hayes, including totally winning over his mother. Ryan and Paris, as well as Tubby Smith, have made additional visits in October to see Hayes, with Ryan keeping close tabs. Hayes is a top priority for Wisconsin even as practice has gotten underway.

Press Clippings Recent Press

11.14: Whitmer's Hayes on Wisconsin: "chance to play ... multiple minutes" (
11.02: Nigel Hayes drops Gophers; Schilling and Miller still interested (Pioneer Press)
10.09: Hayes making school decision soon (Star Tribune)
09.08: Nigel Hayes on Gophers Recruiting Visit (
07.30: Orlando AAU Report - Sunday (NBE Basketball Report)
07.29: 2012 AAU Super Showcase - Day 4 Recap (NY2LA Sports)
07.27: AAU Super Showcase: Big day for big men (Rivals)
06.03: AAU States - Saturday (Triple Double Prospects)
05.15: Hayes Keeps Churning for All-Ohio (24/7 Sports)
05.12: Spiece Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam Player Evaluations (NBE Basketball Report)
05.06: Bates-Diop impresses at Run-N-Slam (Rivals)
04.15: Outstanding class weighs options (Toledo Blade)
02.18: Whitmer turns up intensity to topple Central (Toledo Blade)

12.28: Perrysburg boys fall to Whitmer (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune)
12.17: Whitmer dominates FHS in early-season battle (The Courier)
09.04: Toledo Junior Holds Early Offers (Buckeye Prep Report)
08.02: Notebook: Nigel Hayes emerging from the shadows (CBS Sports)
05.25: Q & A: 2013 Toldeo (OH) Whitmer - Nigel Hayes (The Hoops Window)
05.23: All-Ohio Super Sixteen Showcase recap (ESPN)

Multimedia Audio / Video

Highlights: Nigel A. Hayes Highlights 2012-2013 - YouTube (04.14.13)
Game: Whitmer-Central Catholic - iHigh (02.15.13)
Game: Whitmer-Lima Senior - iHigh (02.12.13)
Interview: Interview with Wisconsin-bound Nigel Hayes - YouTube/WNWO-TV (02.03.13)
Highlights: Nigel Hayes Putting In Work In Orlando - YouTube (08.09.12)
Highlights: Nigel Hayes - Toledo, Ohio - YouTube (06.07.12)
Highlights: Nigel A. Hayes Highlights 2011-2012 - YouTube (05.31.12)
Interview: One on one: Nigel Hayes, Bruce Smith - YouTube (04.02.12)
Highlights: Whitmer falls just short of state title - YouTube (03.25.12)
Highlights: Toledo St. John's vs. Toledo Whitmer - YouTube (03.13.12)
Highlights: Nigel A. Hayes Dunk Highlights 2010-2011 - YouTube (05.29.11)

More Info Additional Info

2012-13 Schedule | Toledo Blade