The Oregon men’s basketball team added a verbal commitment on Sunday from Amauri Hardy, a graduate transfer from UNLV.
The 6-foot-2 point guard averaged 14.5 points, 3.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds last year as a junior with the Rebels while earning third-team, all-Mountain West Conference honors. He is expected to graduate from UNLV and be eligible to play next year with the Ducks.
Michigan State, Memphis, Maryland and Arizona were among the other teams looking to land Hardy.
“After much thought, consideration and prayer, I’ve decided to attend the University of Oregon,” Hardy posted on Twitter.
Hardy shot 40.9% from the field, including 33.3% on 3-pointers, while making 69.7% of his free throws.
Hardy was a four-star recruit out of North Farmington High School in Michigan in 2017 who averaged 5.0 points as a freshman at UNLV before moving into the starting lineup as a sophomore when he averaged 13.1 points and 3.5 assists per game. He was a teammate during both of those seasons with Shakur Juiston, who joined the Ducks last year as a graduate transfer.
"With my experience, I will be able to play a vital role in helping them win," Hardy told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. "They have a good track record of grad transfers who were successful at Oregon."
New Beginnings...🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/kiU9FDGUPI— Amauri Hardy (@Amauri_Hardy) April 12, 2020
Hardy’s brother, Jaden, is a five-star guard in the 2021 class at Coronado High School in Las Vegas who is reportedly leaning toward attending Kentucky.
Amauri Hardy gives the Ducks a maximum 13 players on scholarship for next season unless any players elect to leave the program early. Twelve players are eligible to play next year while sophomore guard Aaron Estrada, a transfer from St. Peter’s, must sit out a season due to NCAA rules.
He joins the mix to replace four-year starter Payton Pritchard at point guard for the Ducks. Oregon returns Will Richardson at the spot while adding four-star freshman Jalen Terry from Michigan.