DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Brooklyn Nets
About Jaylen Hands
Jaylen Hands is an athletic point guard who showed growth in his first season as a full-time starter. Widely regarded as one of the top-25 prospects in the high school class of 2017 out of Foothills Christian High School, Hands capped his prep career with an appearance at the McDonald’s All-American game before averaging 9.9 points and 2.6 assists per game as a freshman at UCLA. Declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft and attending the Combine, Hands returned to Westwood for his sophomore year averaging 14.2 points and 6.1 assists per game to earn All-Pac-12 2nd Team honors.
- Has good size for a guard measured at 6’3 in shoes at the 2019 NBA Combine to go along with a solid 6’5.5 wingspan and a lean 180-pound frame. Bouncy athlete in space with impressive speed.
- Played a huge role for UCLA carrying a significant burden as the team’s primary shot creator. Did much of his damage pulling-up for jumpers out of ball screens and attacking the rim in transition. Had several big games both as a scorer and playmaker over the course of the season.
- Has nice length and quickness defensively, but room to be more physical defending on the ball and close gaps with a greater sense of urgency. Likes to chip in on the glass to spark fast break opportunities.
- Defended a lot of Spot Ups last season as UCLA played a near 50-50 zone split.