UConn's leaders are boosting their NBA Draft stock with this run
Jackson, Hawkins, and Sanogo are gaining increased attention from pro scouts and draft analysts.
With the Huskies’ continued dominance in the NCAA Tournament, the players making their mark on the court are also improving their pro prospects.
Heading into the Final Four, guys like Jordan Hawkins, Adama Sanogo, and Andre Jackson have demonstrated some pro-ready skill sets and have been drawing more attention from NBA draft analysts and scouts.
Here’s a breakdown of what analysts had to say about these players and their chances.
There’s no denying that Hawkins is a proficient shooter, especially beyond the arc, and he’s shown he can do it in big moments on the national stage.
The Maryland native had some slow starts and low-scoring first halves in the first two rounds, but the sophomore guard came alive in the second half of those games and since then his shooting has been on point.
In the Sweet Sixteen game against Arkansas, Hawkins dropped a game-high 24 points and recorded 20 points against Gonzaga in an Elite Eight game that was essentially over by halftime.
UConn head coach Dan Hurley said despite his young age, Hawkins handles himself like a pro and has a great work ethic.
“Jordan is playing like a junior,” Hurley said. “At points early in the year, middle of the year he was still a young player but he's playing like an upperclassman and a high-level draft pick.”
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