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On Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported five-star prospect Jaden Hardy will forgo college and sign with the NBA G League Ignite for next season.
Hardy, who is a 6-foot-4 guard from Nevada, received offers from Kentucky, Oregon and UCLA among others. He is considered the No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2021 behind Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero, according to 247Sports.
The 18-year-old averaged 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists during his junior year at Coronado. He did not play last season after high school sports were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hardy will announce his decision Saturday night on Instagram.
Hardy will become the third player to commit to play with the Ignite for the 2021-22 season, joining Michael Foster Jr. and Fanbo Zeng. The Ignite have signed two top-25 players, Hardy and Foster, while adding Zeng, the top Chinese prospect.
Coached by Brian Shaw, the Ignite completed their inaugural season in March after qualifying for the playoffs with an 8-8 record. Led by Jalen Green, the Ignite featured high-profile prospects Jonathan Kuminga, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix.
Of course, the stated goal of the Ignite is to provide development opportunities for those prospects looking to play professionally. The season gave the players a platform to showcase their skills in front of a nationally televised audience, and scouts and executives on hand.
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