It's official. The G League Ignite have made another major splash in the high school class of 2021.
Five-star recruit Jaden Hardy will forgo his college eligibility and sign with the Ignite for the 2021-22 season.
another game changer.@StockX is excited to welcome @JadenHardy1, the nation's top guard among high school prospects, to NBA G League Ignite.- NBA G League (@nbagleague) June 9, 2021
Hardy is ESPN's No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2021. #NextIsNow pic.twitter.com/x8ZRP1mATl
Hardy is a McDonald's All-American and the No. 2-ranked prospect in the ESPN Top 100 for the class of 2021. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard had scholarship offers from over 20 high-major programs, from the likes of Arizona, Georgetown, Florida State, Kentucky and Michigan, to name a few.
A Detroit native, Hardy and his family moved to the Las Vegas area prior to his high school career. His senior season was cancelled due to Nevada's restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. As a junior at Coronado High School, he posted jaw-dropping averages of 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game.
Hardy will join an Ignite roster that features another five-star recruit in Michael Foster, the No. 7-ranked prospect in the high school class of 2021 and a groundbreaking addition in Scoot Henderson, who elected to forgo his final year of high school eligibility to spend two years with the Ignite.
Hardy, Foster and Henderson will look to replace the production of the G League development program's former star tandem of Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga, two players projected to be selected in the top five of the 2021 NBA Draft after a successful inaugural season.
2021 NBA Draft scouting reports: Green | Kuminga
Hardy announced on his personal Twitter account that his official announcement will come at 9:30 p.m. ET on Instagram Live.
I will be announcing my decision tomorrow at 6:30 PM PST on IG Live!! 👀🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/1JBv9rAQQ8- Jaden Hardy (@JadenHardy1) May 15, 2021
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