Metro Detroit natives Jaden Hardy, Ryan Rollins selected in second round

The Detroit News Staff
The Detroit News

After a nearly four-hour wait, Jaden Hardy's dream of becoming a NBA player came true, as the Sacramento Kings drafted the Detroit native with the 37th pick of the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

He's reportedly heading to the Dallas Mavericks in a trade. 

Hardy was the final player left waiting in the green room, and the third player taken from the G League. 

Jaden Hardy is a Detroit native who could be selected in the first round of Thursday's NBA Draft.

Toledo's Ryan Rollins, a Macomb Dakota product, was selected with the 44th pick by the Atlanta Hawks, and is reportedly headed to the Golden State Warriors in a trade. 

Hardy, a 6-foot-4 guard is a dangerous shot maker with deep range who faced a steep learning curve as a rookie in the G League but got better as the year wore on. 

Earning a reputation as one of the most dynamic shot makers in the prep game, Jaden Hardy capped his interscholastic career at Coronado High School (Nevada) with McDonald All-American honors while ranked as a consensus top-3 prospect in the high school class of 2021. 

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Opting to join the G League Ignite program which also added his brother, Amauri, who played at UNLV and Oregon, the 19-year-old stepped into a massive role against quality competition.

Serving as the team’s featured scorer, Hardy averaged 19.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists over 32.4 minutes per game while shooting 38% from the field. 

Toledo's Ryan Rollins, right, drives against Michigan State's Jaden Akins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in East Lansing, Mich.  Rollins was selected with the 44th pick by the Atlanta Hawks.

Rollins, who played two seasons at Toledo following a high school career at Dakota, was selected by the Warriors with the No. 44 pick.

The Warriors reportedly traded for the pick to select Rollins by packaging the No. 51 pick at $2 million cash and sending it to the Hawks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Rollins averaged 25.5 points, nine rebounds and five assists in his senior year at Dakota and was named an all-state player by the Associated Press. A three-star recruit, Rollins starred at Toledo from his freshman season. He was named Mid-American Conference All-Freshman and MAC Rookie of the Year in 2020-21 before going on to average 18.9 points, six rebounds and 3.6 assists en route to All-MAC honors this past season.