Former Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes and point guard Bronson Koenig went undrafted on Thursday night, but soon after found new homes, for which they will play their 2017 Summer League seasons.
Hayes agreed to play summer ball with the New York Knicks, while Koenig will play for his home state Milwaukee Bucks. Hayes has reportedly signed a training camp deal that gives him a partial guarantee. Koenig will get to stay in his home state and play with the Bucks on a two-way contract, which means he will be a part of the Bucks roster while playing primarily for the Wisconsin Herd (G League team) roster.
Although neither player had their name called on stage, they are some of the most successful Wisconsin Badgers in school history. Hayes is the school’s third all-time leading scorer, and Koenig is UW’s all-time leading three-point shooter.
Both Hayes and Koenig had a good shot at being drafted, much to their often-stated high character and work ethic.
The two leaders of the Wisconsin Class of 2017, these college stars will look to keep working and get closer to achieving their dreams. Fellow UW 2017 graduates Zak Showalter and Vitto Brown continue to look for summer teams as well.