Dwight Hardy powered St. John's through an overachieving regular season and to a surprise NCAA tournament berth as a senior. He did the same at Portsmouth, showcasing his scoring instinct while averaging 15 points per game and leading his team to a second place finish.
At 6'2 with a decent 196-pound frame and above-average athleticism, Hardy is clearly undersized for a shooting guardthe position he played this season.
Hardy managed to score the ball effectively in this setting, and he made an impressive 51.6% of his field goal attempts inside of the arc. Utilizing a deceptively quick first step and his impressive separation abilities and scoring instincts, he was a threat to pull up from mid-range or to slash to the basket, usually finishing or drawing a foul. Though his lack of ideal size and explosiveness will likely hinder him at the next level, he scored a majority of his points inside of the arc and was easily one of the best shot creators at Portsmouth.
He did struggle shooting the basketball from the perimeter; however, making just two of 12 three point field goals. His shooting form actually looks solid and he is equally capable of shooting off of the dribble and with his feet set, though his mechanics get shakier with distance. The 37.5% he shot from 3-point range over his career at St. John's likely tells us a lot more about his perimeter shooting prowess than his performance here.
Where Hardy may struggle to convince NBA decision makers is with his ability to run a team, something he doesn't have a great deal of experience doing, as evidenced by the 1.9 assists he averaged this season, compared with 2.2 turnovers.
He made very few bad decisions on the floor at the PIT, but he was unable to maintain a point guard's natural balance of scoring and distributing. He had tunnel vision in scoring mode and passed up his own offense as a distributor. Furthermore, there was little overlap. While his ability to operate out of the pick and roll, in particular, showed that he could potentially transition into a combo-guard down the road, his scoring instincts ultimately seem better suited for the shooting guard position.
Hardy's defense is another issue as well, as he shows average lateral quickness and doesn't play with great energy on this end of the floor. He lacks the lateral quickness to stay in front of quicker guards and his overall effort was just average, especially evident when he passively ran under screens. He must improve his defense at the next level given his physical limitations as an undersized shooting guard.
Ultimately, while Hardy's lack of size may hamper him from being drafted, his performance at Portsmouth reinforced the notion that he has legitimate potential to compete at a high level of international basketball. Even if he doesn't make the NBA on his first go-around, he is someone that could get picked up down the road, as he's obviously a skilled offensive player with a good feel for the game and penchant for clutch play.