BIOGRAPHY: Hardin averaged 9.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in 30 games last season, 26 of them as a starter. He got off to the best start of his career in 2006-07 before a broken foot sidelined him for the second half of the year. He averaged career highs of 10.7 points and 8.4 rebounds as a junior, but after testing the draft waters in the summer, decided to return to Cal for his senior year. Although his numbers declined slightly, Hardin is likely a better prospect than he was at the end of last year. He gained some weight during the offseason, making him an even more impressive physical presence in the middle, especially given his wingspan. He's a consistent shooter that has little problem finding the hoop thanks to his size and athleticism. Because of that, he relies heavily on his inside game and doesn't have much of a mid-range jump shot, but despite limitations in terms of variety, he'll be an attractive pick for a team looking for a big inside body. Hardin was a 55.4 percent shooter from the field last year. He's not particularly impressive at the free-throw line, averaging just 63.6 percent of his attempts, but he was more willing to get there as he increased his average from 3.6 attempts to 4.4 his senior year. Hardin also remedied his penchant for being foul-prone, which was an issue that he struggled with earlier in his college career. He had some difficulties containing some of the conference's fellow big men last season, and his own offensive numbers dropped off late in the season, when he was also taking fewer shot attempts. Hardin is expected to be a late first-round or early second-round choice.