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Badgers' Hayes named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year

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For the second time in three seasons, the Badgers men's basketball team will enter the season with the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year. Nigel Hayes earned that honor prior to the Big Ten Media Days in Washington D.C. 

Hayes was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season after averaging 15.7 points as a junior. He is the fourth Badger in the past 14 seasons to earn this honor. Frank Kaminsky, Alando Tucker and Devin Harris were the others.

“While I appreciate the sign of respect this shows, preseason honors don’t really mean much,” Hayes said in a statement. “I’m much more concerned with postseason player of the year awards, because that would likely mean our team did something special this season. Seven of the last 12 postseason Big Ten Players of the Year have come from the conference champion and that’s one of our goals. If we win championships, everything individually will fall into place. Really, I just want to be Frank Kaminsky.”

Hayes was the only unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten Team this preseason. He was joined on the squad by teammates Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ.

2016-17 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

2016-17 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

Malcolm Hill, Illinois

James Blackmon Jr., Indiana

Thomas Bryant, Indiana

Peter Jok, Iowa

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Derrick Walton Jr., Michigan

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

NIGEL HAYES, Wisconsin

Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin

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