Hayes playing for the Westchester Knicks in 2017
December 16, 1994|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school||Whitmer (Toledo, Ohio)|
|NBA draft||2017 / Undrafted|
|2018||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Nigel Hayes (born December 16, 1994) is an American basketball player who last played for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Wisconsin Badgers. Hayes attended Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio.
High school career
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Toledo, OH||Whitmer||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||Nov 11, 2012|
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In his freshman season, Hayes played significant minutes, earning Big Ten 6th man of the year and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
Hayes was the third leading scorer on the Badgers national runner up squad and named third team All-Big Ten as a sophomore
In his junior season, Hayes was named to the first team All-Big Ten after leading the Badgers in scoring (15.7 points per game), assists (3.0) and free-throw attempts (258) and finished second in rebounds (5.8 per game).
Coming into his senior season, Hayes was named Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.
Hayes graduated in May 2017 with a degree in business finance and investment banking. He was noted for being an outspoken athlete and a leader on issues such as racial justice and compensation of NCAA athletes. 
Westchester Knicks (2017–2018)
After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, he joined the New York Knicks for the 2017 NBA Summer League. On August 19, he signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Knicks. On October 14, 2017, he was waived by New York. He would later be assigned to the Westchester Knicks affiliate squad for the NBA G League for the majority of the season.
Los Angeles Lakers (2018)
On January 19, 2018, Hayes signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. He made his NBA debut two days later in a 127–107 win over the New York Knicks, playing a single minute that night. The Lakers would not give Hayes a second 10-day contract after his first one expired, and subsequently the Westchester Knicks re-acquired Hayes on January 30.
Toronto Raptors (2018)
On March 6, 2018, the Toronto Raptors signed Hayes to a 10-day contract. On March 12, 2018, Hayes made his debut for the Toronto Raptors scoring 6 points on 2 3 point field goals in 5 minutes played in a 132-106 win against the New York Knicks, the affiliate to the Westchester Knicks. On March 14th, 2018 the Raptors re-signed Hayes to an additional 10 day contract. While on his second ten-day contract, Hayes was assigned to the Raptors 905, Toronto's G League franchise. Hayes was reported not getting a rest-of-season offer from the Raptors and returned to the Westchester Knicks.
Sacramento Kings (2018)
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Potrykus, Nigel (October 11, 2016). "Nigel Hayes named Big Ten's preseason POY". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
- "Knicks waive Trey Burke, Nigel Hayes and Xavier Rathan-Mayes". Sportando.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
- "Lakers Sign Nigel Hayes". NBA.com. January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
- "Westchester Knicks Re-Acquire Nigel Hayes". NBA.com. January 30, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- "Raptors Sign Nigel Hayes To 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
- "Raptors' Nigel Hayes: Assigned to G-League". CBSSports.com. March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
- "Nigel Hayes returns to Westchester Knicks". Sportando.basketball. March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
- "Kings Sign Nigel Hayes". NBA.com. March 31, 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
- "Kings Waive Nigel Hayes". RealGM.com. July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.