By now you probably know that Kentucky landed a commitment from yet another five-star prospect, the second in as many days. He is Ashton Hagans, the top-ranked point guard in the 2019 high school class, and he picked the Cats over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Auburn.
Let’s get to know him…
1. He can reclassify, but has not made the decision.
Speculation is Hagans will reclassify to the 2018 class and suit up for Kentucky next fall; however, he has not yet made that decision, only calling it a possibility at this time.
2. He originally committed to Georgia.
Hagans committed to Georgia back in December, but was quick to decommit two months later to explore new opportunities. Tom Crean tried, unsuccessfully, to reconcile when he took over the Bulldogs for Mark Fox, who Hagans admired.
3. He wanted to go to Kentucky “for a minute.”
In his Tuesday blog entry for USA Today Sports, Hagans wrote, “I’ve wanted to go to Kentucky for a minute!” (I believe that means a long time.)
4. Coach Cal visited him last Thursday.
“We talked for hours and he just laid out everything about me and my game and how I would fit in there,” Hagans said of the visit. “He gave me things that I needed to work on and told me what he loved about what I do too.”
5. He’s been committed for five days.
Hagans gave his commitment before Coach Cal left his house last Thursday. He reportedly held off, knowing EJ Montgomery was ready to commit, so Montgomery could have his day.
6. He is older than Kevin Knox.
Here’s a crazy fact: Hagans, a junior in high school, is actually older than Kevin Knox, who is off to the NBA after one season in Lexington. Hagans will be 19 in July.
7. He is competitive.
Evan Daniels called him one of the most competitive prospects he’s ever covered.
New Kentucky pledge Ashton Hagans is one of the most competitive prospects I’ve covered. Same tier as Josh Jackson & Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Competes on both ends.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 10, 2018
8. He was named Mr. Basketball.
In a state with loads of talent, Hagans earned Georgia’s Mr. Basketball award for the 2017-18 season after he averaged a team-high 20.2 points, 10.7 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game.
He was the first junior to win the award since 1994.
9. 247Sports.com predicts he will be a top-10 talent if he reclassifies to 2018.
Jerry Meyer said he would put Hagans in his top 10, which would make him, at worst, the No. 2 point guard in the class. Duke’s Tre Jones is currently the top-ranked point guard and ninth overall.
10. He’s good.
Watch him dunk on his friend and fellow Wildcat, EJ Montgomery, in the Georgia state playoffs. Turn your sound on so you can hear the announcer too.
Ladies and gentlemen: Ashton Hagans. A huge slam to send a fired up crowd into a frenzy. Newton up 77-68 over Wheeler in the 4th.
— SUVtv (@SUVtv) March 1, 2018