Wisconsin basketball player Nigel Hayes didn’t parse his words when asked what being named preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.
“I really don’t like it,” he said on Big Ten Network on Thursday. “It doesn’t really mean much. It’s not really a real award.”
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 13, 2016
“It’s almost worse than getting a participation ribbon,” Hayes said. “It’s just saying, ‘You could be good, but maybe you couldn’t be good.’ All it does is just add another ring to the target on my back being at Wisconsin.”
Hayes averaged 15.8 points per game and 5.8 rebounds in 2015-16, helping the Badgers to the Sweet Sixteen.
He did have a last message for those who voted him to the not-so-prestigious award.
“But, I guess, thank you,” he said.
Wisconsin basketball then tweeted this accompanying the video.
In 2014 Frank Kaminsky's answer was, "I don't want to be." https://t.co/FED1ISZFeU
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) October 13, 2016