It seems like only yesterday that Nigel Hayes and his spinning reverse layup downed defending-champion Villanova in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. But in the weeks since the play that etched his name in the book of Wisconsin basketball lore, the outspoken Hayes has earned a degree, written a thoughtful graduation address that was published on The Players Tribune, participated in the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, and begun workouts with individual teams.
His latest workout was with the in-state Milwaukee Bucks, as the team tweeted out Tuesday.
Nigel Hayes works out with the Milwaukee Bucks
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 16, 2017
Said Hayes on Bucks TV, “There’s doubts about how well I can shoot the ball, how well I can put it on the floor, so in these workouts I’m able to show again what I’ve worked on these last four-and-a-half, five weeks.”
Despite his success at Wisconsin, Hayes is not a lock to be selected in the June 22 draft, as he is not listed in some mock drafts. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Hayes is a classic ‘tweener, who may be viewed as too slow to guard small forwards, but not big enough to guard power forwards in the NBA. But Hayes is using his workout to show scouts the ways his game has improved.
There’s no doubt that some Bucks fans would love to see them take a chance on Hayes. The team owns the Nos. 17 and 48 picks in the draft.