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  A.J. Hardeman

A.J. Hardeman

Player Profile

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Del Valle, Texas

High School:
Del Valle

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 235

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
11/10/1988

Experience:
3VL

•SPOTLIGHT ON A.J. HARDEMAN
•STEVENS: UNM's Hardeman Hasn't Look Much Like A Sophomore
•A.J. Hardeman - Senior Profile

Career Stats-A.J. Hardeman

General Info/Career

A three-year starter who moved to power forward as a junior after spending his first two seasons in the post • Originally signed with Texas Tech out of high school in 2007 • did not play basketball during the 2007-08 academic year • Ended his career with a school record 102 wins • blocked exactly 100 shots in his collegiate career

2011-12 • SENIOR

• Branch Law Firm Men's Basketball Awards • Outstanding Defensive Player

• Played in just one exhibition game with five points and four rebounds • Scored 13, including a career-best 7-of-8 effort from the line, in the season opener against New Orleans • grabbed two steals and drew two charges against NMSU • was a perfect 2-for-2 against Arizona State • had six points and four boards against Washington State • led the Lobos in scoring with nine points against Idaho State in a 24-point win • scored just two points against Missouri State, but held the reigning MVC Player of the Year Kyle Weems to just 4-of-16 shooting • had just four points against USC, but his two FTs with 17.9 left iced a 44-41 win • was superb defensively against Oklahoma State, helping hold leading scorer Le'Bryan Nash to six points on 2-of-15 shooting • grabbed five boards against UMKC • grabbed another five boards with four points before fouling out at New Mexico State • Had five points and four rebounds, including a key 12-foot jumper in the lane, against Saint Louis • had a perfect night from the field, going 3-for-3 for six points against Houston Baptist • was under the weather but still scored three points and grabbed four rebounds against North Dakota • scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting against Wyoming • went 2-for-2 with two dunks against San Diego State • had a great offensive game against UNLV with 10 points and four rebounds • scored two points against Colorado State as he was in foul trouble much of the night • grabbed four rebounds and had a dunk vs. TCU • grabbed three boards with two points against Air Force • scored four points at Boise State • had perhaps his best game of the year, with nine points, eight boards, two blocks, and several big defensive plays in helping to hold Wyoming to just 38 points • scored all his points vs. SDSU during a key 16-1 run, but was plagued by foul trouble most of the night • had three points and three boards with lockdown defense against UNLV • scored six points with five rebounds in a season-low 10 minutes at Colorado State • had a great effort against TCU, with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, with six rebounds • was solid defensively along with scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds against Air Force • had four points and three rebounds on Senior Day against Boise State • was a perfect 3-for-3 during the conference tournament, averaging 2.0 points • had a nice game against Louisville, with eight points, and stifling defense

A.J. Hardeman dunking on TCU


2010-11 • JUNIOR

• Branch Law Firm Men's Basketball Awards • Lobo Award (All-Around Student-Athlete), Most Charges Drawn •

• Averaged 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds • scoring was up from sophomore season (7.0), but his rebound average was down from 5.5, but a lot of that had to do with the emergence of Drew Gordon • FT percentage improved dramatically...43.1% (53-123) his first two seasons, but 63% (53-84) in 2010-11, including 19-25 (76%) the last eight games • Started 51 straight games before coming off the bench against Colorado State Jan. 12 • Started the last seven games - UNM was 5-2 - after starting just two of his first 12 MWC affairs • Averaged 8.9 ppg the last eight games and 6.9 rebounds the last seven games • averaged only 5.4 ppg and 2.8 rpg his first 11 MWC games • Fouled out nine times, one short of the school season record held by four players, the last being Andre Logan in 1979 • Combined 21 points (9-13 FGs) and 14 rebounds against Colorado State and BYU in the MWC Tournament • big game vs. CSU with 10 points and nine boards, plus he had a career-high four steals and tied a career mark with three assists in 31 minutes • First start in 10 games Feb. 26 at TCU and he responded with his second career double-double: 14 points and a season-high 10 rebounds • made 5-7 FGs and 4-5 FTs • A career FT shooter at less than 50%, he was a perfect 7-7 at the line against UNLV Feb. 23, and finished with 11 points • 12 points and 5 rebounds at Air Force Feb. 1 • made 4-4 FGs and 4-4 FTs in 18 minutes • Season-high 16 points vs. Northern Iowa, setting career-highs with eight FGs made and 15 FG attempts • added seven rebounds, five coming on the offensive glass • 12 points and five rebounds vs. Arizona State...had 10 points and three rebounds in the second half

2009-10 • SOPHOMORE

• Branch Law Firm Men's Basketball Awards • Most Improved •

• Arguably the most improved player on the team • Averaged 7.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 23 minutes compared to 2.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg and nine minutes/game in 2008-09 • 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks vs. San Diego State in the MWC Tournament • His thunderous one-handed dunk against Dayton on Jan. 1 made ESPN's Top-10 plays • MWC Player of the Week Jan. 18 after leading UNM to wins over Utah and Wyoming...averaged 14.5 ppg and six rebounds in the two games • Best game of Lobo career at Wyoming with a career-high 18 points on 7-10 FGs...also seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and he drew two charges • Five points and seven rebounds in the win vs. #16/18 Texas A&M • hit two crucial FTs with 16.9 seconds remaining to push the Lobo lead to four points • 12 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals vs. New Mexico State Dec. 5 • Notched first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds (6 offensive) at Hawai'i

2008-09 • FRESHMAN

Reserve who played the four or five spot, subbing for Daniel Faris or Roman Martinez • Averaged 2.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 9 minutes in 33 games with two starts (Cal State Northridge and VCU) • 13 points and five boards against Southeast Missouri HIGH SCHOOL A 2007 graduate of Del Valle (Texas) HS • Three-star recruit by Scout.com • Rated 26th best recruit out of Texas in 2007 by Rivals.com • Averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks at Del Valle his senior season

PERSONAL

Born Nov. 10, 1988, in Austin, Texas • Full name is Clinton Anthony Hardeman Jr. • Son of Clinton and Carrie Hardeman • Has one brother, Trevor, and one sister, Shaunea • Majoring in University Studies

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