Jaden Hardy was in Camden on Monday to visit the 76ers.
Several sources told The Inquirer that the former NBA G League defenseman Ignite was headlining the Sixers’ six-man practice at their practice facility.
Other members included former Neumann Goretti and St. Joseph forward Jordan Hall, Delaware defenseman Kevin Anderson, Alabama defenseman Keon Ellis, Baylor forward Kendall Brown, and UNLV shooting guard Bryce Hamilton.
The 66ers were selected with the 23rd overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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Hardy could be a late first-round pick after finishing in the top 10 before the start of the season. His shares have tumbled after an erratic campaign in the G League. He is now projected to be drafted in the 15 to 25 range.
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard averaged 17.7 points on 35.1% shooting, including 29.6% on three-pointers. Hardy, who turns 20 on July 5, also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.5 assists in just over 32 minutes per game.
Sources say Hardy was good at throwing the ball during practice and was in good shape.
The Detroit native and former five-star rookie is similar to Sixers combo guard Tyreese Maxey in terms of his size and how he looks more like a shooting guard than a point guard.
Had he been available, Hardy would have been the preferred choice going forward because he probably wouldn’t have helped the Sixers right away.
The Sixers are set to challenge for the NBA title next season. As a result, there is no guarantee that they will keep the player they have chosen. The Sixers could have negotiated a trade before the draft and drafted a prospect on behalf of another team. In this scenario, the Sixers would trade in an inductee along with one or two veterans for a well-known player who can immediately help as a fifth starting or key reserve.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Brown is predicted to be selected in the second round. The 6-8, 205-pounder averaged 9.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and one steal per game last season for Baylor.
Hall, 20, also heard his first name called at the end of the second round. Last season for the Hawks, he averaged 14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists.
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If there is one, Tari Eason is another potential option for the Sixers.
Eason is a 6-8 LSU forward averaging 16.9 points and 6.6 rebounds and is predicted to be drafted mid or late in the first round. On Monday, he said he didn’t practice or talk to the Sixers during the pre-draft.
The 21-year-old has worked in Charlotte, Minnesota, Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, New York, Washington DC, Oklahoma City, Cleveland, Memphis and Chicago.
The 66ers will face four teams in the NBA Summer League preliminary round next month in Las Vegas. They open July 9 against Toronto at 3:30 pm at the Cox Pavilion. Then, on July 10, the Sixers will face Brooklyn at 3:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. After two days off, they meet up with Miami at 9:00 pm at the Cox Pavilion. And they will finish the preliminary round against Denver on July 15 at the Cox Pavilion.
Prior to that, the Sixers will compete in the Utah Summer Jazz League July 5-7 in Salt Lake City.