Since the major commitment this morning, we’ve heard from Ashton Hagans’ coach, media members, and basketball analysts talk about the newest Kentucky Wildcat.
Now, Hagans himself has decided to speak out about his pledge.
On his latest USA Today blog post, the five-star UK commit said he has wanted to end up in Lexington for a while, and when Mark Fox was fired at Georgia, he had to take advantage of the massive opportunity.
I want to start out by giving BBN a shoutout and everyone that supported me throughout this process.
I’ve wanted to go to Kentucky for a minute! Then when everything happened with Coach Fox at Georgia and after I decommitted I knew that Kentucky was the best fit for me. I know Coach Cal and the staff will get me to where I want to be as a player.
Hagans says he has actually been committed for five days now and wanted to get his announcement out of the way so he could focus on academics.
Most people don’t know that I’ve actually been committed for five days. Coach Cal and the staff came in for an in-home visit last Thursday. We talked for hours and he just laid out everything about me and my game and how I would fit in there. He gave me things that I needed to work on and told me what he loved about what I do too.
I was excited, I just told Coach Cal that I would love to be a part of the organization. I told them right before they left and they were all really happy. They just reassured me that they were always on my side with everything and that I was family.
It’s really a dream come true!
If he can get his academics in order and finalized, Hagans says a move to the class of 2018 is absolutely a possibility.
Everyone wants to know if I’m coming to 2018 now that I’m officially committed to Kentucky and the answer is that it’s a possibility. It’s still up in the air right now; I just have to see how I finish out the school year. Right now I’d put it at about 50/50.
And if that were to happen, the No. 6 player and No. 1 point guard in his current class believes a national championship is on the horizon.
If I do come to 2018 I’m confident that I’ll be able to play with everyone in the class. Immanuel is another great point guard; we played against each other on the adidas circuit last summer and had some battles. I know that we would make a strong backcourt because we have different games. We complement each other really well.
I can honestly play with anyone! I know all of the players that come to Kentucky are really talented and I’m the kind of player that loves to feed those guys the ball in the perfect spots that they like it. I feel like that’s my gift.
If I do reclass to 2018 I know that we’ll have the type of team that can win a national title.
To read the entire blog post, head on over here.
I’m officially excited for this kid.