Jaden Hardy went on a tear to start the high school season playing with Henderson (Nev.) Coronado and made a strong push into the top five and made a case for being named the top overall prospect in the 2021 class.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound combo guard is an elite scorer who made a big jump in his development over the past year, most notably in his ball skills, making him a lethal shot-creator and shot-maker.
Hardy is a prototypical guard with his size, length, frame and athleticism and while he is an elite three-level scorer with deep range on his jumper, he is also an outstanding passer giving him the ability to play on the ball as well.
Hardy cut his list to 12 last April consisting of Arizona State, Georgia, UCLA, Texas Tech, Georgetown, Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, Memphis, Kansas, and Illinois and has remained quiet on the recruiting front ever since.
Right now, the three options receiving buzz behind the scenes are the G League, UCLA and Kentucky, in that order. Kentucky was slotted as the early favorite in the race for Hardy but in recent months it has gone quiet as the G League has separated themselves as the clear-cut leader. If Hardy does make a surprising decision to attend college next season, signs point towards playing for Mick Cronin and the UCLA Bruins but again, the professional route is what is expected.
Crystal Ball: G League