2018 NorCal PG Elijah Hardy has early options

Elijah Hardy's ability to play in transition has several programs highly interested in him. Here's the latest on the 2018 NorCal point guard.

One of the West Coast’s top point guards in 2018 is Elijah Hardy from Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd.

The 6-foot-1, 160-pound floor leader is a transition specialist due to his handle, vision and speed.

“Elijah got a lot better this season running offensive sets,” said his AAU coach with Team Arsenal, Kelvin Potts. “This summer he’ll run a lot more pick and roll and punish defenders while they’re recovering.

“He’s definitely showed a lot of maturity and is getting better at blowing by guys with limited dribbles. His jumper is continuing to improve as is his on ball defense.”

Hardy holds offers from Cal, Nevada, Montana, San Francisco and Cal Poly, with interest from schools such as Kansas, USC, UCLA, Memphis and St. Mary’s.


Cal has long been involved with Hardy and the staff maintains a close relationship with him.

“Cal is staying in contact,” Potts said. “He’s going to games since it’s so close. He likes that it’s close and local. He’s familiar with them and it’s comfortable to him.”

Nevada is another program that remains the mix for Hardy.

“Nevada is really interested,” Potts said. “He went up on an unofficial visit before and they contact me all the time about him.”

At this point, Hardy isn’t leaning in any direction.

“He’s pretty wide open,” said Potts. “He wants to see his recruitment grow this summer and just wants to get better. That’s what he’s all about, getting better and playing good ball.”

There isn’t a timetable on Hardy’s decision heading into the spring.

“I think after this summer we’ll revaluate a lot of things,” Potts said. “He’ll be a junior next season so you never know.”


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