Hayes to Wisconsin, and more

12 Nov
Toledo Whitmer forward Nigel Hayes became the latest senior to commit to a High Major program on Sunday when he chose Wisconsin. The scoop on that commitment, and more, is available in our latest recruiting notebook…..

Nigel Hayes

  • Nigel Hayes – The 6’7 power forward, with small forward capabilities, from Toledo Whitmer committed to Wisconsin on Sunday evening, ending a recruiting war between the victorious Badgers and Ohio State. Interestingly enough, Hayes is the second straight power forward to spurn the Buckeyes for an out of state team, joining West Virginia commitment Devin Williams.  Hayes is the second Ohio prospect to commit to Wisconsin and will pair up with Bowling Green power forward Vitto Brown in Madison. Before cutting his list to just Wisconsin and Ohio State, Hayes had also previously considered offers from Minnesota and Stanford as well. An athletic forward with a non-stop motor and competitive spirit, Hayes should be able to give minutes off the bench to jumpstart his team early on in his career. With his strength, Hayes is suited to play either the three or the four at this point, but TDP has always believed that he thrives as a hard-working, albeit slightly undersized, power forward.
  • Carlton Bragg – The 6’9 sophomore from Cleveland VASJ picked up an Ohio State offer during his unofficial visit to a Buckeyes game on Sunday, so there is some good in-state news involving OSU recruiting. The hottest prospect in Ohio, everyone in the region has been inquiring about the skilled and athletic power forward.
  • Tyler Williams – The junior point guard from Cincinnati Lakota West has seen increased interest from Bucknell, William & Mary, Detroit, and Princeton over the last few weeks. Currently ranked #2 in our 2014 point guard rankings, Williams is one of the top defensive guards in the state, has nice strength to bully defenders when attacking in the lane, and is a good shooter out to the three-point line.
  • RaChaun Martin – Not the biggest guard that you’ll find in the state, but he might be the toughest, the 5’9 floor general from Dayton Thurgood Marshall picked up his first offer last week, from Cleveland State. A 2014 prospect, Martin is a speedster with the ball who is good at getting in the rim and creating shots for his teammates. If Martin can consistently shoot the basketball on the perimeter then he will become one of Ohio’s most sought after prospects.
  • With the commitments of Hayes and Devin Williams, who is left on the board in Ohio? While there are several Division I talents still available, here are some guys who are at the top of the class: Jaaron Simmons (PG Dayton Kettering Alter), Damarion Geter (SF/PF Dayton Dunbar), Mark Williams (PF Montrose Christian Academy in Maryland), Austin Grimes (SG Cincinnati Aiken), Monty Boykins (SG Cincinnati Lakota West), Mark Alstork (SG/SF Dayton Thurgood Marshall). The 2013 class in Ohio already has 32 commitments to Division I colleges, plus 3 postgrad students who are committed; with 9 of them being high major players. Expect these previously mentioned players to all commit to Division I’s in the fall or spring, plus another handful of guys from around the state.
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