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Report: 5-Star Jaden Hardy Skips NCAA, Will Sign NBA G League Ignite Contract

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2021

Photo credit: 247Sports

Jaden Hardy will skip college and sign with the NBA G League Ignite, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. 

The 5-star guard had offers from dozens of schools, including Kentucky, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona, before deciding to go pro.

Hardy is considered the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2021 class by 247Sports. He's the top-ranked combo guard thanks to his elite offensive ability and 6'4" frame.

The Coronado, California, product is one of the most explosive scorers in the nation, dropping 62 points in a game in January.

Hardy's explosive scoring and shooting ability make him a potential lottery pick in the 2022 draft. He can also create off the dribble and rebound, helping him average 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game as a junior.

He did not play as a senior after Nevada canceled the entire season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the talent could have allowed him to dominate at the college level, he will instead go to the G League and follow in the path of top Class of 2020 prospects Jonathan Kuminga and Jalen Green.

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