Jaylen Hands showed flashes of promise during his freshman season at UCLA, particularly in November and December when he posted nine of his 14 double-figure scoring games. The 6-foot-3 guard figured to be an integral part of the Bruins in 2018-19, but now that may never happen.
Talked it over and decided to enter my name in the 2018 NBA Draft. No agent ..Testing waters …… https://t.co/KIUrU9FuQ1
— Jaylen Hands (@JHANDS08) March 28, 2018
By not hiring an agent, Hands does retain the ability to return to school.
Hands averaged 9.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 31 games, including 15 starts. He shot 40.5 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from three-point range for the season, though in Pac-12 play his shooting numbers dipped to 37.5 and 35.9 percent, respectively.
He started UCLA’s NCAA tournament game against St. Bonaventure, scoring 4 points with 5 rebounds in 23 minutes of that First Four loss. His last game with 10 or more points came Feb. 8 at Arizona when he scored 11, most of that coming during a barrage of three-pointers late in the first half.
Hands isn’t currently projected to be draft, according to NBADraft.net, which ranked him No. 72 on its most recent big board from early March.
If Hands does not return that means UCLA will be replacing four of the six players who started games in 2017-18. Big men GG Goloman and Thomas Welsh are graduating and guard Aaron Holiday has entered the NBA Draft.
UCLA could also lose freshman forward Kris Wilkes, who is No. 52 on NBADraft.net’s big board, if he were to turn pro.