Nigel Hayes Uses Vast Vocabulary to Mess With Stenographer


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Nigel Hayes is at it again.

After scoring 15 points and grabbing eight rebounds in Wisconsin’s 86-72 victory over Coastal Carolina on Friday night, Hayes, along with teammates Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker and even head coach Bo Ryan, got a brief lesson on the magical world of stenography following their postgame press conference.

Naturally, during the Badgers’ Saturday afternoon press conference at the CenturyLink Center, Hayes took it as an opportunity to use his expansive vocabulary to keep the stenographer on her toes.

It was certainly a deviation from a normal NCAA Tournament presser, which are most often rather bland.

But perhaps this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, given that Hayes has one of college basketball’s most unique and lighthearted personalities. Many Wisconsin fans will recall his “Hayes for Days” video series and Nigel Burgundy persona from last year’s NCAA Tournament, which were some of the most memorable highlights of Wisconsin’s run to the Final Four.

Hopefully, Badger fans are enjoying every second of Hayes’ time in a Wisconsin uniform.