Top players who improved 2019 NBA draft stock by returning to NCAA

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Top players who improved 2019 NBA draft stock by returning to NCAA

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Top players who improved 2019 NBA draft stock by returning to NCAA

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Jaylen Hands, Brooklyn Nets 

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Aggregate Mock Draft Rank in 2018: Unranked

Actual NBA Draft Position in 2019: 55

According to NBAthlete.com, former UCLA standout Jaylen Hands tested better at the combine than all point guards except for former high school star Jalen Lecque. After a disappointing performance in his athletic testing back in 2018, he cut his lane agility time from 12.1 seconds to 10.7 seconds and improved his max vertical from 39.5 inches to 41.5 inches.

The 20-year-old, 6-foot-4 guard only started half of the games for the Bruins as a freshman. But as a sophomore, he essentially doubled his assist rate from 18.7 percent to 36.5 percent. In fact, his assist percentage led the Pac-12 and ranked Top 15 among all NCAA players.

As a high-volume creator out of the pick-and-roll, the Nets likely view Hands as a player who will most likely develop in the G League with the Long Island Nets until he can eventually enter their backcourt rotation.

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