Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig NCAA newser, State Journal photo

Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes speaks during a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York on Thursday, March 23, 2017, a day before the Badgers' NCAA East Region Sweet 16 game against Florida. In the background is guard Bronson Koenig.

M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

Former University of Wisconsin players Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig signed deals with NBA teams early Friday morning after they weren't picked in the NBA draft, according to media reports.

Nigel Hayes will be playing for the New York Knicks in the NBA Summer League, according to his mom, Jordan Strack, a sports anchor with WTOL-11 in Toldeo, Ohio, reported in a tweet.

Koenig will be playing for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Summer League, according to Michael Scotto, senior NBA writer for Basketball Insiders, who cited league sources in his tweet on Koenig.

Hayes watched the draft with a group of family and friends in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, and Koenig watched at a gathering hosted by his agent in Chicago, the State Journal said in this story on Thursday.

Hayes offered his thoughts on New York in March.

"I don't really like New York," Hayes said at the time. "It's too big, it's dirty, trash everywhere, too many people."

The 6-foot-8 Hayes, who worked out for the Knicks before the draft, added: "I guess it's nice to look at in the movies, but I've had my fair share."

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