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Scouting Amauri Hardy: Oklahoma State’s Most Recent Commitment

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Oklahoma State will lose veteran guard Phil Forte III after this season, and very well could lose sophomore star Jawun Evans to the NBA. DraftExpress.com has Jawun at no. 29 in their latest Mock Draft, placing him near the end of the first round.

It may not be the best year for Jawun to declare, with point guards such as Washington’s Markelle Fultz, N.C. State’s Dennis Smith, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, Xavier’s Edmond Sumner, and more expected to declare. However, if Jawun does leave, Brad Underwood landed a fine replacement last week in Amauri Hardy.

The four-star Detroit native playing for North Farmington High School committed to OSU last Friday, joining combo guard Zack Dawson and forward Latravian Glover from South Miami, along with Souleymane Diakite from Mali for the 2017 recruiting class. So what are the Cowboys getting?

At 6’2 and 175 lbs., the lefty point is wiry, athletic, and incredibly fast with the ball, as you can see above. Hardy loves to push the ball in transition, possess slick handles, can finish with both hands, and plays with a high motor. If you play him too tight, he might just put you on skates…

Hardy will fit in quite well in Brad Underwood’s offense, who spoke to this point to Made Hoops after committing last Friday-

I committed to Oklahoma State because I believe that it is the best situation and fit for me. They told me that I can come in and play right away. They also said that it’s a great situation for me and that I’ll be able to play with the ball in my hands the majority of the time as a freshman. Coach Underwood and his staff see me as a great playmaker who can score and take over games.

I think waiting until December gave me time to see what school is best for me. This was a better option than signing to a school earlier and not being one hundred percent about the decision.”

I will have a lot of responsibility because Oklahoma State will have no returning guards being that Jawun Evans is a potential lottery pick and they have a senior guard leaving next year, he said. They have proven that their system is set up for guards to succeed.

Hardy and fellow incoming guard Zack Dawson will give the Cowboys two athletic guards who can fly with the ball and love to push the tempo and play Underwood’s brand of basketball, even as freshmen in 2017. Phil Forte’s toughness and leadership will be a loss and Jawun Evans may declare for the draft, but Oklahoma State will be in good hands with Amauri Hardy in the fold.

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