Five-star prospect Jaden Hardy will skip college and sign with the NBA G League Ignite, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
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 5-star guard had offers from dozens of schools, including Kentucky, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona, before deciding to go pro.
Hardy is one of the most explosive scorers in the nation, dropping 62 points in a game in January.
Hardy was named a 2021 McDonald’s All-American despite Nevada canceling the high school basketball season. He earned the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 2020 after registering 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.4 assists as a junior for Coronado High School.
Hardy is the second five-star prospect to opt for the G League’s professional pathway program in recent weeks. Michael Foster, the class of 2021’s seventh-ranked recruit, signed with the NBA G League Ignite in late April. Top Chinese prospect Fanbo Zeng, a four-star forward, will also reportedly play for the Ignite after decommitting from Gonzaga last month.
Hardy’s explosive scoring and shooting ability make him a potential lottery pick in the 2022 draft.