One thing appears certain: Nigel Hayes is headed to the Big Ten.
Standing at 6-foot-7, Hayes has molded himself into one of the top prospects within the state of Ohio. An up-and-coming prospect, Hayes has all the tools for a bright future no matter which school he selects.
In relation to his evaluation by ESPN, Hayes appears on the brink of being labeled as a top-100 talent and could very well fit that mold when all is said and done this season. Hayes is currently preparing for his senior season at Whitmer H.S. (OH), and it will be interesting to see if a decision is forthcoming prior to its start.
Known for his ability to get out and run the floor, Hayes can bring more of a transition-feel to either school. Something that may come as a rarity in the tough and gritty Big Ten Conference.
The Badgers are looking for another forward to join fellow 2013 commit, Vitto Brown. In addition, Wisconsin also holds pledges from Riley Dearring, Jordan Hill and Bronson Koenig.
As for the Buckeyes, head coach Thad Matta already holds commitment from top-100 prospects Marc Loving and Kameron Williams. Ohio State does have the advantage in terms of location if Hayes makes the decision to remain close to home.
Given the timing of Hayes’ decision to trim his list to two, a decision between the Big Ten powers could be coming soon.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse