Hayes talks visits

Four schools remain in the mix for Nigel Hayes who is halfway through his official visit tour.

Things are beginning to wind down for three-star power forward Nigel Hayes. The Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer product who had a great summer with All-Ohio Red has already made two of his four official visits, and is coming down the stretch in his recruitment.

The latest visit for Hayes was to Minnesota. The Golden Gophers hosted him this past weekend, and he came away impressed with what he saw.

"I thought it was a nice trip," said Hayes of Minnesota. "They have a good academic and athletic program in place, and they do a great job of making their players better."

He continued about the visit, "They have great academic help for their athletes, and academics come first. They are also bringing in good recruits and have a strength program in place that really makes everyone better. They definitely did a good job on the visit and are in my top group."

Previous to the trip to Minnesota, Hayes visited Big Ten rival Wisconsin. The Badgers have been after Hayes for a while, and he was very impressed on the visit.

"It was definitely everything I expected," said Hayes of the visit. "I had heard a lot of hype about it being a great college town. Also going into the visit I didn't know their academics were as prestigious as they are. Now I know they are a great academic school and that coordinates with them being a great basketball school as well."

Up next for Hayes is an official visit to Stanford on September 28, and then following that he will visit Ohio State on October 6.

With Stanford their great academics standout, but he is hoping to learn more about the basketball program and how things work.

"Really I am expecting to see how they can help me become the best basketball player I can be," said Hayes. "Everybody knows my academics are top notch, so I want to see the basketball side of things."

Hayes admits that he grew up a big Ohio State fan, but he is putting that aside in the process. He is focused on how he will be used by the Buckeyes.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing what their plans are for me," said Hayes. "I want to see how much playing time I can get and how they will help me become a better player. Also I want to see them on the academic side and how I can be a great student athlete there."

Currently Hayes seems set with his group of four schools, and doesn't anticipate any other schools making his list. With that, he does know what he will be looking for in putting one school over the top.

"Really it will be how I see myself at that school and how they can make me better academically and as a basketball player," said Hayes.

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