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Strengths: Athletically and physically, Hardin has a premium NBA body … Runs the floor extremely well … Has shown some resemblance of a back to the basket game with his decent jump hook … Does a great job of keeping the ball high to keep it safe from double teams … Court vision is much improved from last season … Is now able to recognize double teams and pass the ball out effectively … Good finisher around the rim and capable of making some impressive plays … Quality rebounder who uses his long arms and mobility to snare rebounds out of position … Above average help defender who can block shots with ease … Has all the physical tools to be a premier shot blocker with his wingspan, long arms and explosiveness … Gets a good deal of his points on offensive rebounds where he is effective on put-backs … Shows solid hands capable of catching most passes with few issues … Although rare, Hardin has shown the ability to shoot a 16 foot mid-range shot when his feet are set … Despite not being the focal point of his team’s offense, Hardin does a great job of creating contact … Better free throw shooter than his numbers suggest where his form is solid and will improve … Potentially, he is a rare senior that still has a lot more room for growth and further development … Is a top notch student with a stable family life and hasn’t had any issues off the court … Coachable player who most importantly understands what his role is on his team …

Weakness: Doesn’t do a good job of denying post position from opposing forwards … This could be due to his below average leg strength, which is unusually undeveloped … Focus during games tends to wander; Hardin literally loses all his aggressiveness and disappears … Shows good touch, but lacks the comfort level and consistent ability to shoot from mid-range … Is foul prone, as he can get caught up in being too aggressive defensively … Back to the basket moves still unpolished despite his senior status … Improvement on his choppy post footwork would augment his execution and balance in the post … Lacks the ability to absorb contact and finish, which has a lot to do with his below average touch around the basket … Struggles at times to effectively box out physical post players when rebounding in his area … Doesn’t hustle or demonstrate much of a mean streak that GMs love in players his size … Underachiever whose production hasn’t matched his physical gifts that many expected this past season … He can do some damage when everything is clicking offensively, but a problem lies in his confidence, which waivers at times …

Matthew Maurer - 1/22/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 California

29

50.5

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38.6

0.4

0.9

4.5

0.1

4.3

2005-06 California

31

49.7

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62.5

0.4

1.5

6.6

0.5

7.3

2006-07 California

12

47.8

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81.8

0.4

1.9

8.3

0.5

10.3

2007-08 California

30

55.4

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63.6

0.6

1.2

7.4

0.7

9.3

DIV I Totals

101

51.6

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57.9

0.5

1.3

6.4

0.4

7.4

 

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0 #1 Leonard 2008-05-25 19:39
With his athleticism and defensive potential, he certainly seems to be a 2nd round pick. A decently productive big man from the Pac-10, but wasn't the dominant offensive player many expected with his size, strength, and speed combination. Still, he's got pretty good upside, and could be a backup center, or a starter on a mediocre team.
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