Nigel Hayes to Play for Knicks in Summer League After Going Undrafted

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes (reacts after missing a free throw which would have given Hayes a triple-double, during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin won 77-60. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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Former Wisconsin standout Nigel Hayes came to terms on a deal with the New York Knicks on Friday to play for their summer league team.

Darren Wolfson of KSTP was the first to report the news, and ESPN's Ian Begley later confirmed the agreement.

Hayes went undrafted, but he did work out for the Knicks during the predraft process, per Begley.

As a senior last season, Hayes averaged 14.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Badgers.

The 6'8" native of Toledo, Ohio, shot 45.7 percent from the field, but he shot just 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and struggled at the free-throw line by converting at a rate of just 58.7 percent.

Although Hayes' shooting leaves something to be desired, he is a tough, gritty player with good length who excels on the defensive end.

Hayes also has a great deal of experience playing in pressure-packed games, as Wisconsin consistently made deep NCAA tournament runs during his tenure.

The Knicks are a rebuilding team that should have plenty of opportunities available, which makes them an ideal landing spot for Hayes.