09 Dec 2021 | 03:18 | Basketball
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—Interim head coach Trent Johnson has announced the signing of transfer Elijah Hardy to the CSUN Men’s Basketball team for 2021-22. Hardy has played three seasons at the Division I level, first with Washington and most recently, Portland State.
“We are excited to add Elijah to our program,” said Johnson. “Elijah has played at a high level coming out of high school with his affiliation with USA Basketball and has college basketball experience at Washington and Portland State. He’s very explosive, very quick and has a point guard mentality on the floor. His defensive and ball handling ability should really help us.”
Originally from Oakland, Calif., Hardy played in 20 games with Portland State in 2020-21, averaging 16.4 minutes per game. He was fifth on the team in scoring average at 7.1 points and steals (21) while he averaged 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Hardy shot 35.3 percent from the floor (53-for-150), 30.0 percent from 3-point range (15-for-50) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (21-for-28).
Hardy transferred to Portland State from Washington where he spent two seasons. Hardy saw action in 40 total contests from 2018-20 with the Huskies, collecting 54 points, 33 assists, 33 rebounds and 20 steals. He made one start as a sophomore and appeared in a career-high 29 games that season, averaging 11.0 minutes per game.
Over his college basketball career, Hardy has played in 60 games, totaling 196 points (3.3 PPG), 91 rebounds (1.5 RPG), 56 assists (0.9 APG) and 41 steals (0.7 SPG).
Hardy prepped at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif. where he averaged 14.6 points and 6.0 assists as a senior. He was named an All-Prep2Prep CIF North Coast Section Honorable Mention while he also earned All-Western Alameda County League Team honors. He helped O’Dowd win the 2015 CIF Open Division State Championship, going 28-4 on the season.
In addition, Hardy has participated with the USA Basketball program while in high school. He was one-of-17 finalists for the 2015 USA U-16 Team and was named to the 2015-16 USA Junior National Team.
Hardy joins transfers Onyi Eyisi (Fordham University), Miles James (East Carolina University), Darius Beane (Northern Illinois University) and Christian Gray (Fresno State University) and incoming freshman Nick Herrmann (Torrey Pines High School) as the newest members of the Matadors.