UCLA Basketball: Jaylen Hands hires an agent, declares for the NBA Draft

TUCSON, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: Dylan Smith
TUCSON, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: Dylan Smith /

It was announced on Sunday that UCLA basketball’s sophomore point guard Jaylen Hands has hired an agent and is heading to the NBA Draft.

A year after declaring for the NBA Draft, Jaylen Hands is doing it again as he has hired an agent and will forego his last two seasons of eligibility with the UCLA basketball team.

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UCLA might have had a tough season as they finished 17-16 and no NCAA Tournament berth, but if it wasn’t for Hands, they would be in a much worse position.

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Hands was second on the team in scoring as he averaged 14.2 points per game. He led the team in assists with 6.1, good for 19th in the nation.

The sophomore floor general was the spark that led several amazing comebacks, the most memorable being his 27 second-half points against Oregon at Pauley Pavilion when the Bruins came back from 19 down to get the 90-83.

Hands is the second player to leave since last season ended. A few weeks ago, Kris Wilkes decided to leave UCLA early, also hiring an agent. Both of them had tested the waters of the NBA Draft a year ago but decided to return after getting feedback in the NBA Combine.

With both players leaving the program, UCLA returns 11 Bruins from last season and adds two from their latest recruiting class, putting them right at the 13 scholarship limit. Tyger Campbell, who sat this season out with an ACL injury, will be the only point guard on the roster with Hands’ departure.

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Congratulations, Jaylen! Godspeed.