Nigel Hayes has withdrawn his name from the 2016 NBA draft entry pool and will return for his senior season with the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. Hayes, a 6-foot-7 forward who declared for the draft last month but didn’t sign with an agent, broke the news to the State Journal on Tuesday evening with a three-word message via Twitter: “I’m coming back.” Later, Hayes elaborated on his decision during a phone conversation, saying “it was more difficult than people will know.” Ultimately, Hayes said returning to UW was the best decision for his future. Based on feedback he received at the NBA draft combine earlier this month in Chicago and following workouts with five teams over the past two weeks, Hayes said he understands what improvements he has to make to realize his dream of playing in the NBA. Topping the list of areas Hayes needs to improve is his outside shooting. He’d also like to become a better ballhandler. “There are more tools that I need to add in order to not only be an NBA player but, as I aspire to, be a great one,” Hayes said. Another major factor in Hayes’ decision to return was his education. Hayes, a business major, is on pace to graduate in May 2017 and said his mother, Talaya Davis, has made it abundantly clear that she wants him to earn his degree.
Nigel Hayes will return to Wisconsin for senior season
Wisconsin State Journal | May 25