Schools will be tracking Hayes

Three-star forward Nigel Hayes will have a lot of coaches watching his progress during July.

Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer standout Nigel Hayes showed improvements to his game during the early part of the AAU circuit. Now the hybrid forward, who is at his best down low, is expecting to have numerous college coaches tracking him during the month of July.

Playing for All-Ohio Red on the AAU circuit, Hayes has had a big chance to show off what he feels is an improved game to college coaches.

"I am more of a transition from a four who can play some three to a three who can play some four," said Hayes. "From ball handling to perimeter shooting, I have made a lot of improvements. I can now create my own shot off the dribble and things like that."

He continued, "The first two EYBL's I think I played poorly, but the last two I played a lot better. Overall I think the coaches have seen something different. Based on the work I have put in I think coaches should like what they see during the Peach Jam."

Recruiting wise several schools are making it clear to Hayes that they will be watching him closely during July.

"The coaches who have told me they will really be watching me are Wisconsin, Lehigh, and LaSalle," noted Hayes. "Also St. Bonaventure and Xavier have been texting me."

The one high-major that has been most active in the recruitment is Wisconsin. The Badgers have offered him a scholarship and he likes the Big Ten school.

"I really like them," he said of Wisconsin. "Coach (Lamont) Paris, the assistant coach recruiting me, has been in contact a lot with me over the past year. Also I have spoken with Coach (Bo) Ryan and he has told me good things. I know they are real excited about me."

At the moment Hayes is simply focused on playing basketball and making an impression in July. After the month is when he plans to start really thinking things over regarding his recruitment.

"As of right now I'm still open to everything," said Hayes. "I am just letting all the calls and letters come in. I haven't narrowed it down. I will definitely wait until after this mom with Peach Jam and AAU Nationals, and I will take it from there."

Hayes is rated as a three-star prospect and is considered one of the best players in the state of Ohio.

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