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A.J. Hoggard joins Akins and declares for NBA draft, retains NCAA eligibility

April 26, 2023
<p>AJ Hoggard and sophomore guard Jaden Akins rally during the Sweet Sixteen matchup against Kentucky State University at Madison Square Garden on March 23, 2023. The Spartans fell to the Wildcats with a score of 98-93.</p>

AJ Hoggard and sophomore guard Jaden Akins rally during the Sweet Sixteen matchup against Kentucky State University at Madison Square Garden on March 23, 2023. The Spartans fell to the Wildcats with a score of 98-93.

Sophomore guard Jaden Akins isn't the only Spartan testing his chances in the 2023 NBA Draft. Per a list released by the NBA on Tuesday night, junior guard A.J. Hoggard has joined his teammate in submitting his name early. 

MSU's starting point guard took charge during the 2022-23 season, stepping up in the green and white's backcourt alongside senior guard Tyson Walker. Hoggard averaged 12.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists his junior season along with being named to the East Regional All-Tournament team following his standout performance in MSU's overtime Sweet 16 loss to Kansas State. 

Graduate student forward Joey Hauser's name can be found on the list as well. Hauser has announced that he will not be returning to MSU per his social media. 

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