2013 Intro: Nigel Hayes

Nigel Hayes has the size and skill to be a heavily recruited player down the road.

The class of 2013 in the state of Ohio is shaping up to be a very good one, and one of the best of the group is Nigel Hayes. Hayes is a 6-foot-7 power forward who has made an impression on the AAU circuit and during the high school year with his athleticism and strength down low.

"He's an inside/outside type of player," said All-Ohio Red AAU Coach Quentin Rogers. "He can step out past the three point line, but also he is skilled around the bucket and has some nice post moves. Beyond that he can handle the ball a little bit of a guy his size."

With his combination of skill and athleticism, Hayes did some good things for Rogers on the 15 and under circuit, but a lot more is now being expected of him.

"He has a great basketball IQ and a very high motor," said Rogers. "I expect a big time summer out of him and for him to move up the charts nationally as a power forward."

When it comes to recruiting, Rogers said a pair of schools have really been showing interest in Hayes.

"The two schools that have been calling me the most so far are Ohio State and West Virginia," said Rogers. "Those two are the only ones that have called this year."

For Hayes one school might have a built in advantage. Hayes' older brother, Ken Hayes, is a football signee with the Buckeyes. Also his best friend, Marc Loving, has already verbally made a commitment to Ohio State.

When asked about how those factors might influence Hayes, Rogers said, "I think he would have a lot of comfort with Ohio State. His best friend is going there and his older brother will also be there. That would give him a big comfort zone."

For now though Hayes is taking it all in, and Rogers says that he does have a few things to work on for this summer.

"I want him to play with more consistency and also have a mean streak about him," said Rogers. "If he does those two things the sky is the limit for his game."

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