On Tuesday night, Good Karma Brands, which owns ESPN Milwaukee and ESPN Madison among other companies, hosted the 2016 Wisconsin Sports Awards Show in Kohler, WI.
Wisconsin men’s basketball forwards Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ were on ESPN Radio to talk some basketball. Hayes was of course asked about his future, as he has a decision to make about going pro or not. Greg Gard recently said that the team submitted Hayes’ name to the NBA draft advisory committee.
“I’d love to come back,” Hayes said. “My plan is to come back. The whole ‘testing the waters’ thing is what it is. It’s testing the waters. That’s why they changed the rule to allow players to be able to do that. I’m just going to continue from now on until the combine, if I’m invited that is, [to] work to become the best player I can be. Go there and perform; whatever may happen with that happens. If nothing comes from that, then I look forward to having a terrific senior season.”
The Badgers came home with the state’s team of the year honors. Other winners included Frank Kaminsky, Mike Daniels, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, and more athletes.
Bo Ryan also made his first public appearance in Wisconsin, joining the radio show and accepting the co-coach of the year award with Gard. Ryan was asked about his reported affair, but did not respond to the question and walked away.