LaQuill Hardnett signs to play for UC basketball team

LaQuill Hardnett signs with men's basketball (UC Athletics)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – LaQuill Hardnett has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Cincinnati and play basketball for the Bearcats beginning with the 2018-19 season, head coach Mick Cronin announced Wednesday.

Hardnett, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound forward from Nottingham, Maryland, averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists with 13 double-doubles as a senior at Perry Hall High School, helping the Gators to a 21-6 mark and their second consecutive Maryland Class 4A state championship. Hardnett scored 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the state title game, helping the Gators rally for the win tallying 12 points in the fourth quarter. He shot 58.6 percent from the field and averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks during the tournament.

Hardnett averaged 12.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and four assists with 15 double-doubles as a junior, helping the Gators to a 26-2 mark and their first state crown in 2016-17. He finished as the 2016-17 state tournament’s leading rebounder, averaging 16.5 boards per game while also scoring 12.5 points and 2.5 blocks.

A two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro First Team selection and two-time All-Xfinity All-Tournament team honoree, Hardnett scored 1,087 career points as a three-year starter at Perry Hall.

“We are very excited about LaQuill joining our program,” Cronin said. “He is a winner, a two-time state champion.

“I love LaQuill's versatility,” Cronin added. “I’ve seen him play point guard and I’ve seen him block shots. I've seen him steal the ball in the press for a tournament win and I’ve seen him bust open zones with scoring and passing. LaQuill knows the game and has a great outgoing personality. He is going to be a very good player for us.”

Hardnett joins Logan Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard from Mountain View, California, who signed with the Bearcats in November 2017, as newcomers to Cincinnati’s 2018-19 roster.

Information provided by Cincinnati Athletics.

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