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5-star guard Jaden Hardy says he will commit in two weeks

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The end of Jaden Hardy’s busy recruitment is near.

Hardy, the nation’s top uncommitted senior, announced on Instagram Live early Monday that he would be deciding his future plans in “two weeks.”

Kentucky was once seen as the longtime favorite for the five-star guard dating back to 2019, but the professional route – the G League and numerous overseas professional teams are recruiting the dynamic scoring threat – has emerged as the likeliest option for Hardy for well over a year. UCLA has also emerged as a strong possibility among college options should Hardy turn down the pros.

Hardy, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Detroit, Michigan, is considered a consensus top-three prospect in the class of 2021, with ESPN and Rivals both listing Hardy as the No. 2 overall prospect in the class.

“They say that their best shooters shoot the ball, and they see me as a shooter,” Hardy told KSR back in December of 2019. “They think I can come in there and make an impact right away. … Kentucky is recruiting me really hard.”

Will the anticipated additions of Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman to the UK coaching staff be enough to push Kentucky back into the thick of things for Hardy in the next two weeks? Or is the nation’s best shooter and pure scorer a lock for the G League?

While we wait for a decision, check out some of his most recent highlights:

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for 5-star guard Jaden Hardy says he will commit in two weeks



  1. BLUEVADER
    8:18 pm May 3, 2021 Permalink

    Orlando’S 1st recruit!! BAM! HERE WE GO!!



    • runningunnin.454
      9:18 am May 4, 2021 Permalink

      Excuse me for being a bit puckish; but, Bam doesn’t have any remaining eligibility.



  2. TBW3011
    8:29 pm May 3, 2021 Permalink

    Announcing you are going to “commit” to the G League? Doesn’t make sense



    • Han
      8:39 pm May 3, 2021 Permalink

      I think Green and Kuminga did the same thing.



  3. Han
    8:38 pm May 3, 2021 Permalink

    It’s really weird to talk about committing unless you’re going to college, but all the high level recruits want the announcement and such, so even if going to the select G-League team, I guess an announcement makes sense.

    Especially since anyone hoping to be a quick star wants to build their brand early and often.

    Really hope he decides to play in college, picks UK, and actually comes here.



  4. Robinson73
    8:42 pm May 3, 2021 Permalink

    If he wants to build his brand, come to UK and be a star on the biggest stage of all. #BBN #9



  5. UKCatAttack
    8:54 pm May 3, 2021 Permalink

    I seem to remember Randolph Morris having an Atlanta Hawks hat on the table when he committed to UK.



    • Bluehender
      7:53 am May 4, 2021 Permalink

      There ya go. A little positivity. It’s better for your mental health. Hey StuckinLville, look up….



  6. StuckinLville
    9:29 pm May 3, 2021 Permalink

    Why waste time talking about him? He’s not coming here.



    • BeejeCat
      9:51 pm May 3, 2021 Permalink

      Well your name is fitting for your comment. Appreciate the consistency.



  7. mrknowitall1981
    10:42 pm May 3, 2021 Permalink

    Get in here! Hardy, Carr, Mintz or Frederick coming in as another shooter would be the best case scenario in my opinion.



  8. chris43
    11:46 pm May 3, 2021 Permalink

    It’d be super sweet if he ended up here but I’d say he’ll end up in the G League.



  9. Bourbon and Blue
    7:51 am May 4, 2021 Permalink

    Probably not going to college, but this kid is the #1 kid in the class. I’d take him over Chet Holmgren any day of the week. I’ve only watched highlights, but I don’t get how its even a competition. This kid is way better.



  10. SuperTroy18
    8:25 am May 4, 2021 Permalink

    Maybe Cal can pull a rabbit out of a hat and get this kid in Lexington. Would be such huge momentum.



  11. DaveT999
    8:42 am May 4, 2021 Permalink

    If Cal/Orlando/Chin/Jai could get him to Kentucky, that would be huge.



  12. CahillsCrossingNT
    9:22 am May 4, 2021 Permalink

    It’s a pipe dream. Kentucky can’t get players of this caliber anymore.



    • Bluehender
      9:26 am May 4, 2021 Permalink

      Troll…hater…plain and simple…pay no attention to him



  13. 8 god
    11:05 am May 4, 2021 Permalink

    I recall a similar situation with one Shabazz Muhammad, who ended up going to UCLA…

    But heck, hope we get this kid