Amauri Hardy is an elite student-athlete currently attending North Farmington High School in Metro Detroit. The 6’3 combo-guard standout is currently ranked a 4 star and #77 player in the country for the class of 2017 per ESPN. Best known for finishing at the rim and stepback jumpshots, Amauri also excels in the classroom as an honor-roll student carrying a 3.2 GPA at North Farmington.
I. HIGH SCHOOL SEASON & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congratulations on North Farmington making it all the way to the State Championship game, tell us a bit about your high school season and how things are going?
AH: My High school season was great, we finished the regular season 18-2 and played in the state championship game. It was a tough loss, but this was the best season in school history. For the first time ever, North Farmington won a regional championship, so I’m proud to say I was a part of that.
EM: You transferred this year from Southfield to North Farmington – how was the transition process? Did your new teammates embrace you?
AH: The transition process has been great. The students and teachers treat me good, and my teammates made me feel as if I was already there from day one. My teammates and I are excited for what’s in store because we have a chance to accomplish something big.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
AH: I would describe my game as versatile, I can do just about everything. I am a lefty that can basically get anywhere on the court and I have a lot of counters to get back to my left hand. I finish great around the basket, and finish through contact. I make the correct pass when it needs to be made and can hit the jumper from the outside.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
AH: I work out everyday, my routine includes running, shooting and drill work.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student? What do you plan to major in when attending college?
AH: I would like to major in kinesiology. Definitely something sports related.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
AH: I would say just being with my family and hanging out with family and friends when I get a chance to
EM: You seem to have a very close-knit family, can you shed some light as to how your family/support group has helped you as both a student and on the court as well?
AH: Well, my dad always stresses to me that hardwork is the key to success and nothing beats hard work. He always pushes me to do great things whether it’s on the court or in the classroom.
EM: You seem to be a very humble and mature young man, can you describe your overall demeanor and work ethic?
AH: I put a lot time into basketball, which separates me from my family at times and keeps me from going out like normal teenagers. I know it’s about making a sacrifice, but the reward at the end is always the best part, so basically I look at it as what you put in is what you get out of it.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
AH: Buffalo, St. Peters, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, UD Mercy, Kent St, Akron
EM: Which schools do you hear from the most?
AH: Xavier, Iowa, Toledo, Kent St, Memphis, Iowa State, Cleveland St
EM: Any visits lined up in the near future?
AH: Not yet
EM: Growing up, were you a fan of any particular school?
AH: I wasn’t a fan of any particular school, but I liked a few.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
AH: Location, and what the school can offer me in the long run both academically and on the basketball court.
EM: Do you have a decision timeline?
AH: I plan to commit maybe towards end of year, but no set date, just whenever I’m comfortable
EM: Can we talk about AAU a bit, do you plan on running with The Family again?
AH: Yes I do. The Family is a great organization that I am fortunate enough to play with and be surrounded by other good players in Michigan.
EM: Do you feel like this summer is an opportunity for you to really showcase your abilities to college coaches now that you have a more prominent role with the departures of Cassius Winston and Brailen Neely?
AH: I am ready more than ever. Last year was a great learning experience that showed me how it is to play on the big stage and getting showcased every game. I really enjoyed playing with that group of guys, I learned so much from them and I just want to be able to carry all that over this year. So now that I am returning I just want to pick up where they left off and try to accomplish some of the things they did if not more.
V. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on the court?
AH: Personal goal for me is to constantly have my teammates feeling involved and energized.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
AH: School first, because without school you’re nothing and your knowledge can carry on with you forever, even after basketball is over. But I say this – whatever you do work hard at it and try to be the best you can be.