If all goes to plan, North Farmington High School’s Amauri Hardy is set to emerge as one of Detroit’s finest backcourt players in years.
ESPN ranks Hardy as the No. 1 point guard in Michigan and 17th overall in the class by position. A junior, Hardy still has time to grow physically and mentally.
At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, he is admired for his ability to score by any means. Hardy, who began playing basketball at the age of 5, put in extra work beyond the basic routine of a high school athlete to develop into the player he is.
“Usually depending on the time we practice, I go work out before practice. If we practice early, I go after practice,” Hardy said.
Hardy typically focuses on shooting and reaction counter moves during his additional workouts.
“I always do extra because just going to practice isn’t enough and I’m not trying to settle to be average,” Hardy said.
Determined, he will also run three to five miles every other day to ensure he stays in great shape.
The lefty has been praised as a great finisher at the rim; another skill he practices regularly.
Critics would like to see Hardy improve his field-goal shooting, something he recognizes as a flaw in his game.
That minor weakness has not stopped him from effortlessly reaching double figures in the majority of games during his first year at North Farmington.
Hardy transferred to the school from Southfield during his junior year, and said his transition has gone smoothly. He also said he is pleased with his academic and athletic progress.
"It's been really good so far,” Hardy said.
Now, Hardy will gear up for his final summer of traveling grassroots ball in the EYBL circuit.
Hardy will return to his 2015 summer team, The Family Detroit, along with four other EYBL veterans.
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Hardy is excited for the opportunity to play in the Peach Jam one more time. He knows what a single game can do for your recruitment.
“I got back-to-back steals on McDonald’s All-American guard Andrew Jones, and those steals won us the game….I think I finished with 15 points,” Hardy said.
With smooth passes, Hardy says he likes to model his game after Allen Iverson and Kyrie Irving.
“It pretty much just comes naturally,” Hardy said. “I just react accordingly to the defense, and if I have to make an adjustment on the pass to get it to my teammates, I do so,”
As far as recruiting, Hardy has 7 formal offers, and has sparked interest from many quality programs such as Pittsburgh, Xavier and Iowa State.
“I don’t really have a dream school. I would consider top schools like Arizona, Texas, Miami, Iowa State, Xavier and UConn,” Hardy said.
Hardy hopes to receive invites to the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic game in order garner more interest from colleges, and looks to follow a similar path as his idol, NBA All-Star Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors.
Hardy said he admires Green for surpassing expectations.
“No one intended for him to have as much success that he is having right now,” Hardy said.
Hardy is hopeful that one day he will exceed all expectations, even those he had set for himself.