UCLA Bruins basketball freshman guard Jaylen Hands plans to test the NBA Draft waters. Yesterday, he announced that he is declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft, but he will have the option of returning to school because he is not hiring an agent at this time.
Hands made the announcement via social media. Here is what he wrote on Twitter:
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
And, here is his post to Instagram:
Hands played in 31 of UCLA’s 33 games this past season. In those 31 games, Hands shot 40.6% from the field and 37.4% from behind the three-point line. He averaged 9.9 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game. He also added 2.6 assists per game.
His best game of the season came against Detroit Mercy, when he scored 23 points and 9 rebounds, despite playing just 24 minutes. Against Stanford at home, he had his only game where he had double-digits in assists with 10.
Considering that the NBA Draft is only two rounds long, I suspect that Hands will end up back at UCLA for next season, even though he has decided to test things out.
But, either way, we wish him the best of luck.