After landing a pair of transfer guards, Washington basketball’s Elijah Hardy has decided to enter his name into the transfer portal
After gaining two guards in the last seven days, Washington basketball might be losing one in Elijah Hardy, who has officially entered his name into the transfer portal.
On March 25th, former Wichita State guard Erik Stevenson, a product of Timberline High School, announced he would be returning home, and earlier today, another local guard, Nate Pryor, formerly of Northern Idaho, and a product of West Seattle High School, also committed to coming home earlier today.
That adds two more guards to a mix that already includes senior Nahziah Carter, juniors Quade Green and Jamal Bey, and sophomores Marcus Tsohonis and RaeQuan Battle. That makes for a pretty talented backcourt as it is. Tsohonis showed flashes of greatness after Green was ruled ineligible, and will do nothing but continue to grow over his final three seasons of eligibility.
There’s a chance that the backcourt could become even more crowded by the end of next season too, depending on what happens with some top local prospects who will definitely be considering the Huskies. Point guard Nolan Hickman is a consensus top 100 national prospect at Eastside Catholic, and his running mate in the backcourt, Shane Nowell, brother of former Husky Jaylen Nowell, are at the top of Mike Hopkins‘ recruiting board (behind Paolo Banchero of course).
Over his two years with the Huskies, Hardy averaged just under two points per game, and 0.8 rebounds and assists per night. He came on late in the season, scoring a career-high 11 points in the Pac-12 Tournament loss to Arizona, after energizing the team against Arizona State, putting up nine points and adding five assists.
Hardy’s career got off to a rough start at Washington, breaking his wrist in the blowout loss at Auburn in 2018. Then after Green announced he’d be transferring to Washington, playing time became scarce for Hardy, who played a total of 18 minutes during his first year.
While Hardy has stated he’s open to staying with the Huskies, the crowded backcourt situation makes that seem incredibly unlikely.