Using the 56 qth pick they acquired in the earlier trade Thursday, the Nets selected Jaylen Hands of UCLA, a 6’3” sophomore point guard. Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news.
Brooklyn is selecting UCLA's Jaylen Hands at No. 56, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2019
Hands was mostly a point guard but played shooting guard as well in Westwood. The 20-year-old from San Diego averaged 14.2 points, 6.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds, shooting 37.3 percent from three. On the other hand, he averaged 3.2 turnovers in only 31 minutes.
Hands best attribute is his athleticism as shown in several Internet videos...
Although his defense and shot selection are seen as issues, Hands has also been credited with being a solid leader for the Bruins, as this profile from our SB Nation sister site, Bruins Nation, noted two days ago.
The San Diego native got a big welcome from Jared Dudley, who also hails from the city.
Another southern Californian, Spencer Dinwiddie, added his thoughts.
And Arash Markazi of the L.A. Times posted a video of Joe Tsai talking about Hands before last year’s PAC-12 games in China.
Hands is likely to spend much of his time next season on Long Island.