Tim Hardaway Jr. Off to Strong Start

Tim Hardaway Jr., a 6-foot-5, 175-pound junior wing player from Miami (FL) Palmetto, has attracted the interest of several top programs, including Minnesota. Hardaway is the son of former NBA standout Tim Hardaway, who finished his NBA career with 15,373 points and 7,095 assists. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Hardaway Sr. today to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Tim Hardaway Sr. attended Golden State Warriors practice and the Timberwolves-Warriors game Friday night before flying back home to Miami this morning. Hardaway said that his son is off to an excellent start this season, averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists per game as Palmetto is off to an 11-3 start.

Hardaway and his son, Tim Hardaway Jr., attended the Duke-Michigan game last month. Hardaway Jr. shined this summer as a member of the Florida Rams 16-and-under AAU program, where he caught the attention of Minnesota assistant coach Vince Taylor. The Gophers have several players with basketball pedigrees on their roster, such as Ralph Sampson III, the son of former NBA player Ralph Sampson Jr., Paul Carter, son of former NBA player Ron Carter and Colton Iverson, son of Chuck Iverson, who was drafted by Seattle.

Hardaway is a player with plenty of talent, according to AAU coach Antonio Perkins who recently spoke to GoldenSports.Net.

"He can shoot it," Perkins said. "He has a lot of range. He has bulked up and grown two to three inches. He can definitely shoot it and he has a high basketball IQ. He plays like a veteran. His dad has had him play against older guys."

Hardaway is hearing from schools such as Minnesota, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia Tech, Oregon State, Michigan and Florida Atlantic.

Minnesota has a tie with Hardaway as head coach Tubby Smith served as an assistant on the 2000 Olympics team, on which his Tim Hardaway Sr. played.

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