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Ashton Hagans: 10 Things To Know


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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.

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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

22 responses to “Ashton Hagans: 10 Things To Know”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    Interesting. Does anyone know why he committed to GA in the first place? I know he is a GA native and I am sure the call to play for the home team. Did Cal recruit him? I don’t remember hearing much about that.

    1. ScottGreene22

      Rick Fox was the coach at the time and had Hagans and Montgomery at one point. Georgia fires the coach loses out on the 2 highest prospects they would have ever got.

    2. ScottGreene22

      Forgot the most important reason, no one wants their kid playing for Crean

    3. Smyrna_Cat

      I don’t think Crean’s own son wanted to play for him!

    4. pancakesfordinner

      Rick Fox? The former Laker and Celtic? I don’t recall him coaching. Mark Fox was a coach for a while.

    5. Cletis75

      Of course Creans son wouldn’t play for him. With all the mouth kissing, no one would be even thinking about basketball!

  2. Bozzallini

    That announcer was fantastic. “That’s somebody’s kid who did that!”

  3. Han

    FWIW, news circulating online about new FBI charges and specifically involving a Kansas player (as well as Louisville, Miami, NC State).

    1. runningunnin.454

      Yep, saw that and I think, unlike UL…the players actually may have played for Kansas and NC State.

  4. bosch8184

    Probably a good choice to reclassify when you’re less than 12 months away from legally buying beer.

  5. Jiminy Crickets

    There’s talk he’ll be able to make reclass decision in July, and may have to join team in December. I’m hearing if for whatever reason reclass isn’t an option, Lecque or maxey would seriously consider reclass (Lecque may do it regardless of Hagans)

    1. Atg2112

      Why do you pretend to know stuff? Of you’re not complaining, you’re taking credit for calling stuff everyone already knows. I’d bet my dogs that you haven’t heard anything about reclass not happening, outside of an old blog someone from New Mexico wrote 8 months ago. Either pull your cards and break your supposed stories, or quit pretending you are actually someone with any inside info on anything. Its embarrassing.

    2. catsarerunnin

      Like Luether maybe he has “sources”.

  6. Ridge Runner

    Living in Georgia, I was fortunate to see him play a game last year (wearing my blue of course). He is phenomenal and so intense that It stands out. Welcome aboard Ashton!

  7. Rabbi Li

    What on earth is the purpose of making this point?

    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.

    ?????

    Drew Franklin & Matt Jones will never win any office doing this BS.

    1. ukbradstith

      You seriously don’t see the point in this fact? Did you graduate junior high?

  8. Rabbi Li

    Stupid Hillary

  9. Rabbi Li

    Matt Jones might be the first guy who loses as a girl

  10. Rabbi Li

    Someone keep track please!

    1. catsarerunnin

      “There are JEWS at my table” – Melvin Udall from “As Good as it Gets”.

  11. henderblue

    Things are really getting weird in this comment section…

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      Welcome to KSR comment boards … where weird is normal, and normal is weird.