The 2015 basketball recruiting class is considered to be one of the best ever for Texas A&M. That class collectively was ranked No. 4 in the country — behind basketball blue bloods Kentucky, Duke and Arizona but surprisingly ahead of national powerhouse programs like Louisville, Syracuse, Kansas, UCLA and North Carolina.
That 2015 class included center Tyler Davis, who is preparing for his rookie NBA season in the Oklahoma City Thunder system, as well as guard Admon Gilder, who will start his
senior season with the Aggies in a couple of weeks. That class also included DJ Hogg, then a 4-star forward who was ranked the No. 2 player in the state of Texas and the No. 30 player overall in the country.
Hogg’s professional dreams became a reality this week, as he signed an NBA contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. According to Sixers.com, terms of the deal were not disclosed,
per team policy. Hogg is the third player from last year’s team to sign to play pro ball, joining Davis and Boston Celtics first-round draft pick Robert Williams.
A 6-foot-8, 220-pound small forward, Hogg started 31 of 32 games during the 2017-18 season and averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a junior. Hogg shot 41 percent from the field and made 38 percent of his 3-pointers.
Hogg played three seasons for the Aggies, from 2015-18, and recorded career averages of 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. He finished his career with 155 3-pointers made, which ranks sixth all-time in Texas A&M history. Hogg was a key contributor for a Texas A&M team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 twice in the last three seasons.
Hogg announced his plans to forgo his senior season and enter the 2018 NBA Draft in April. He went undrafted but signed an NBA Summer League deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. In four summer league games, he averaged 7.5 points.
Entering last season, Hogg’s strength was his ability to stretch the floor as a frontcourt player who can shoot the deep ball. One of Hogg’s best basketball moments came in March 2015 when he was a senior at Plano West Senior High School, when he hit the game-winning 3-pointer to give the Wolves a state championship.
Off-the-court issues put a black eye on Hogg’s junior season. He was suspended twice during the season for what were dubbed “violations of Texas A&M policy.” But with Hogg’s size, athleticism, offensive capability and underrated defensive play — he had 27 steals as a junior — he is considered a low-risk, high-reward player in the NBA.
Hogg was one of two players announced that 76ers general manager Elton Brand announced as a new signee. Notre Dame guard Matt Farrell also was signed by the team. Combined, Hogg and Farrell give the Sixers two players who can extend defenses with their long-range shooting ability.
It’s still to be determined if both Hogg and Farrell will be assigend to the Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League team affiliated with the 76ers.