2020 draft age: 24.1
Measurements: 6’10” / 230lb / 6’9” wingspan
Advanced Stats: 11.5 AST% / 14.3 REB% / 0.6 STL% / 2.5 BLK %
127.6 OFF RTG and 104.5 DEF RTG for a +23.1 NET RTG
68.1 TS% on 26.0 USG%
Background: Fifth year senior from University of South Dakota… First Team All Summit Player and led NCAA D1 in 3PT% in 2020… Nebraska Gatorade Player of Year in high school… Didn’t consider transferring as a grad… Secured a business degree from USD… Signed with One Legacy Sports…
Personality: Hagedorn has a high basketball IQ… He is a team player who can excel in an offball role… He takes constructive criticism well and looks to improve… He is loyal to his team and this is shown best by his intent to finish his 5th year at USD…
Injury History: Took a medical redshirt his fourth year at SDU for a high-grade plantar fascia tear in his right foot… Tear did not require surgery… Plantar fascia injuries typically come from overuse… Missed the first 8 games of his sophomore year due to left high ankle sprain… Broke his nose during his junior year and wore a mask for 3 games…
Athleticism: Has a high center of gravity… Very stiff and struggles to move laterally… Lacks verticality, 13 dunks in 111 games… On the skinner side for a big at 230lb… Runs hard, but gets beat down court by younger bigs…
Projected Fit: Stretch 5
Projected Draft Landing: Undrafted… Vegas Summer League signing…
High: G League stretch 5, average defender… On & off in NBA
Hagerdon makes a VSL roster and starts his time in the G League as a starting big. He shows great development on the defensive end as a team defender, and ability to shoot the ball from deep holds up. Hagerdon spends some time in the NBA as a role player and great locker room guy. He is a stretch 5 who has a 3PTr over 0.5 every season. He doesn’t offer much as far as shot creation, for himself or others, but operates well within his role. He isn’t much of a playmaker on defense either, but is intelligent with his positioning and team defense.
Medium: High scoring big in top European league
Hagerdon spends most of his career in a top European league (Spain, Italy, France, etc). The lack of transition play works well with his half court oriented style. His play style will translate extremely well to the next level, shooting a ton of 3’s without being a ball stopper. He is a high volume shooter who isn’t much of a playmaker. He struggles defensively overseas, being outmuscled by bigger centers and beaten off the dribble by guards.
Low: High scoring big in lower international play
Hagedorn is a first or second option in a lower league. He doesn’t show off his efficiency as much due to the amount of volume that he shoots. He spends a lot of time in the post because He doesn’t offer much value on the defensive end, but defensive playmaking just isn’t asked of him at this level.
Shooting: Hagedorn is an elite catch and shoot player. He led all of D1 in 3PT% on 140 attempts. He also had an impressive 68.1 TS%. The majority of his jump shots came off of P&P sets (1.9 PPP) and catch and shoot situations (1.1 PPP). Hagedorn excels at shooting the 3 ball in transition as the trail man. I could see him working well in an offense that uses a lot of drag screens into pop action. He doesn’t offer much as far as shot creation. He occasionally will take his man off the dribble, but that really only works with rim running centers. SDU ran a lot of offensive sets involving him setting a stagger screen and then being the shooter in a flare screen as a counter. He pauses at times when he should just rise up to shoot immediately off the catch. His release is slow at times, but he does not have to worry about getting his shot blocked due to his length.
Post Play: Hagedorn is an underrated post player. To begin with, he does a great job of sealing defenders in the post, and uses angles very well to create shorter lines to the rim. He creates space before he even receives the ball. He shot 66.1% at the rim this season, well above average. He operates under the rim in the post with a variety of moves. His go to is his baseline spin, and hook shot counter. Hagedorn struggles at times with his center of gravity when he picks up his dribble. He can get pushed off his spot at times. His response to this is his fadeaway jumper. It looks solid, but he can’t always make up for his imbalances.
Areas of Improvement:
Shot Creation: Hagedorn struggles to create his own shot, especially against top competition (Arkansas and Washington). He shot 5-17 from midrange in these two games. He had a high usage in these games, especially the Washington game (38.3 USG%). When playing off the catch, he either immediately takes the jumper or pauses before passing or attacking the basket.
Ball Handling: Hagedorn doesn’t offer much when it comes to handling the ball, either in transition or in the half court. His dribble combos are basic. Hagerdon isn’t the fastest player and doesn’t offer much change of speed. This hurts his ability to get to the rim. A substantial amount of his turnovers came from him dribbling downhill directly into traffic. In the post, Hagedorn has good hands and does a good job of keeping his dribble while looking out for help defenders.
Passing: Hagedorn didn’t show off many advanced reads at SDU. The majority of his passes were simple swing passes or passes out of the post. He had a 1:1 assist ratio. This doesn’t show much value as a playmaker (11.5 AST%), but it shows value as a player who takes care of the ball. He had an 11.5 TO% on a 26 USG%. When I spoke with Hagedorn over Zoom, he did speak about his passing ability being an underrated part of his game and how he looks to utilize it at the next level.
Post Play: Hagedorn is a strong post defender. Physically, he isn’t the strongest at 230 pounds, but he knows how to leverage his weight. He keeps offensive post players from catching the ball deep in the lane. In the game against Washington, he forced Stewart into taking a lot of tough mid range jumpers from the short post. He walls off extremely well, taking away straight lines to the rim. Against much bigger players, he can struggle to contain them, but I believe that Hagedorn can put on muscle at the next level to combat this.
Positional Defense: When playing off the ball, Hagedorn does a good job of knowing where his man and the ball are. He excels at helping on the backside when the other big is posted up. His positioning helps make up for his lack of speed and change of direction. Many of his blocks and steals came from his positioning and seeing plays happen ahead of time.
Areas of Improvement:
Playmaking: Hagedorn isn’t much of a playmaker on the defensive end. He finished this past season with only 11 steals and 23 blocks. His lack of athleticism holds him back here. His STL% and BLK% got worse over his career at SDU. I think this is due to his offensive usage going up every season. He decided to save energy on this end of the floor. Hopefully he corrects this at the next level when he has a smaller offensive role. Hagedorn had trouble getting back in transition when opposing bigs run the floor well.
Pick and Roll Coverage: Hagedorn struggles to guard the P&R. His lateral speed makes a few coverages difficult for his team to use. He can’t switch onto guards because he will get beat off the dribble easily. Drop coverage would seem appropriate for him, but it’s hard for him to play in a two on one coverage. He can get beat over the top pretty easily here as well. I think the best coverage for his team to use with him on the floor is a push coverage. Make Hagedorn push up on the screener and allow the on-ball defender to go under the screen.
Best Team Fits:
New Orleans: Two of their bigs (Favors and Okafor) are both going into unrestricted free agency. I could see Okafor getting a MLE somewhere. Hagedorn would be a good fit for New Orleans because they need shooting to fill out their team. Their core is a lot of excellent defenders who attack the rim. Hagedorn would work well in the P&P with Ball. New Orleans could even run that down screen into a flare action that SDU ran consistently. He would be a low usage player here. He is projected to have an offensive rating of 137 when his USG% drops below 20%.
Phoenix: Phoenix would be a good fit for Hagedorn because he could fit into the same role as Kaminsky, but for much cheaper than his $5 million team option. Phoenix needs consistent depth at the center position. Baynes has been a good option as a back up, but he is rather inconsistent on the offensive end. If you look at Phoenix’s last few drafts and free agency signings, you see that they have a pattern of obtaining players with a reputation of being a solid locker room guy. Hagedorn could be the next in line.
New York: The Knicks will have between 5 to 9 open roster spots depending on how many players they want to keep around on their team options or unguaranteed contracts. Their front court is made up of non shooters (Randle, Robinson, Gibson, Knox), and Hagedorn could immediately step in and change that. New York needs cheaper role players to fill out their rosters if they still plan on filling out their rosters with stars in 2021 free agency.
Overall Outlook: Hagedorn is an elite shooter off the catch. He can immediately provide value off the ball just by forcing the defense to gravitate toward him. He will excel in the P&P and as a post player against smaller bigs and wings. He isn’t much of a playmaker as a passer or ball handler. Defensively he is better off playing in the post or off the ball. He is a below average defender in the P&R and needs to improve his lateral quickness in order to excel here. He will be a great addition to a locker room.
Video breakdown of Hagedorn performance based on last 10 games played: