Wisconsin Basketball: PF Nigel Hayes Picks the Badgers over Ohio State

Jon HancockSenior Analyst INovember 12, 2012

Picture Via ToledoBlade.com
Picture Via ToledoBlade.com

Nigel Hayes, a 6'7" power forward from Toledo, Ohio, committed to the Wisconsin Badgers Sunday night, according to Reggie Rankin of ESPN.com.

Hayes had recently narrowed his list to Ohio State and Wisconsin. He had made an unofficial to Ohio State last month.

"Wisconsin was just a great college town and it seemed like it would be a great place to go to school," Hayes told Amelia Rayno of the Star Tribune after his visit to Wisconsin last month.

Hayes' brother, Kenny Hayes, played football for Ohio State last season, but transferred over the summer to Toledo.

Hayes had offers from several Division I schools including Cincinnati, Minnesota, Stanford, Xavier and Butler.

The 4-star recruit is considered the 31st-best power forward and the 138th-best player in the 2013 class by 247Sports.com.

ESPN said of Hayes, "Nigel is a solid face up shooter with range to 19-feet. He is good enough now to score on his own in the low post. He can spin off his defender in the post or score some over his left shoulder."

Hayes averaged 13.8 points last year as a junior at Whitmer High School.

The Badgers now have five solid commitments for the 2013 class. With 4-star guard Bronson Koenig, guard Jordan Hill, small forward Riley Dearring and power forward Vitto Brown, Wisconsin now has a perfect class to replace their five seniors.

After Hayes' commitment, Wisconsin moved up to the 25th-best recruiting class according to ESPN.com.