Junior Profile: Devon Hardin

Devon Hardin, a 6-8 junior power forward from Newark (Calif.), is a potential impact player at the high major level due to his ability to defend and rebound...

Devon Hardin, 6-8 JR PF Newark (Calif.) Memorial, is a great-looking prospect, with an NBA body and a big upside. Hardin is still raw at the offensive end, but he's a very good shot-blocker and he figures to get a number of high major looks.

We spoke with Hardin recently and he told us that he's hearing from Cal, Stanford, Santa Clara, UCLA and USC, among others. "Most of the California schools," said Hardin.

We asked if he had any geographical preference and Hardin said, "yes, I'd prefer to stay in the west."

"I'll be looking at what a school can do for me academically, as well as athletically," said Hardin. "If it's good in basketball, but not strong academically, that would make a difference."

We asked Hardin how much weight he would give to early playing time. "I want to go somewhere that I can be an infuence on the team," said Hardin.

Hardin said his father will play a role in his decision. "I'll talk with my father -- my parents would prefer I stay somewhat close," said Hardin.

Hardin told us that he's doing fine academically and will have no trouble qualifying.



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