2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Why They Are Here
There is a whole lot to love about the man filling the shoes of Lonzo Ball. Hands has outstanding court vision allowing him to make difficult passes look simple. He not only sets his teammates up well, but he also can blow by defenders and get buckets at the rim. On top of that, he is super long and rangy giving him great upside as a defender. In my opinion, Hands is the best Freshman in what is a loaded Pac 12 Freshmen class.
Role on This Year’s Team
Jaylen will be “the guy” this year for Steve Alford’s squad that lost a lot to graduation and the draft. They do, however, return some very solid pieces in Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday. With an absolutely loaded Freshman class coming in to Westwood, Hands won’t have much pressure to score, meaning he can thrive off his tremendous assisting abilities. I can see Jaylen averaging close to eight assists a game in what should be a, yet again, powerful UCLA offense and he will be right in the middle of everything.
College Season/NBA Prospects
I see no reason why Hands can’t have an outstanding year and work his way into the lottery of the 2018 NBA Draft. His size and length project extremely well into a new point guard era of the NBA. He will likely be one of the top point guards in the next draft class and will be in high demand for teams looking to build their franchise around a stud PG.