HIGHLIGHTS: Elijah Hardy Emerges

OAKLAND, Calif. -- With two of its best players down with various maladies, Bishop O'Dowd relied on freshman point guard Elijah Hardy to facilitate offense against Alhambra, and the 2018 prospect was more than up to the task.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- With five-star Ivan Rabb feeling under the weather, and senior point guard Paris Austin on the shelf with a right foot injury, it was freshman point Elijah Hardy who led Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd to a dominant 84-51 win over visiting Alhambra (Calif.) in the second round of the North Coast Section playoffs on Friday.

Hardy – who’s gaining early interest from California, which is hosting Rabb on an official visit this weekend – scored four points and added two steals and three assists as O’Dowd jumped out to an early 20-3 lead over the Bulldogs, and finished with seven assists and 12 points on the night, and helped to force two more turnovers besides his two steals.

Hardy is a superb ball handler, and shows great speed and burst. During a Fourth of July parade this past summer, he dribbled two basketballs – one with each hand – up and down the parade route near O’Dowd, and that comfort with both hands shows, though he is left-hand dominant.

Hardy is most certainly a pass-first point, and still has to work on his shot, but he’s aggressive off the dribble, and looks to create not only for others, but for himself. He shows very advanced court vision, looking two passes ahead, at times, and while he has to work on his shooting, he has very sound fundamentals. He’ll certainly be one to watch in years to come.

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