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CBS Sports names top 10 point guards for 2019-20, leaves out Ashton Hagans


Do you want to see a list that will get you angry on this beautiful Saturday evening?

CBS Sports recently released their list of the top ten point guards in college basketball for the 2019-20 season, and Kentucky sophomore Ashton Hagans was excluded.

The list?

  1. Cassius Winston (Michigan State)
  2. Devon Dotson (Kansas)
  3. Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State)
  4. Tre Jones (Duke)
  5. Markus Howard (Marquette)
  6. Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois)
  7. Cole Anthony (North Carolina)
  8. Nico Mannion (Arizona)
  9. Andrew Nembhard (Florida)
  10. Antoine Davis (Detroit)

And where is Hagans listed? All the way down in the “Honorable Mentions” section, where he’s not even in the top three of that list.

For those keeping track at home, two of those prospects – Anthony and Mannion – are incoming freshmen, while several others put up mediocre-at-best numbers last season for their respective teams.

Albeit a 43.4% three-point shooter last season, Haliburton averaged a whopping 6.8 points and 3.6 assists per game at Iowa State in 2018-19. As a freshman at Florida last season, Nembhard averaged 8.0 points, 5.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per contest. Dotson, a hot preseason Big-12 Player of the Year candidate, averaged 12.3 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.4 steals per game at Kansas last season. Dosunmu, a former five-star talent, only averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 assists per game as Illinois’ premier guard.

Hagans, who averaged 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per contest as a freshman, was named Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year, tabbed to the league’s SEC All-Defensive Team, selected for the Athletic’s All-Glue Team, made the CollegeInsider.com Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team, tabbed to the CollegeInsider.com Lefty Drisell Defensive All-America Team, named a Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year semifinalist, and was a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week winner.

Hagans struggled to close out the year, but one could argue that his stretch from December 22 to January 19, the Kentucky defensive specialist was the best player on the Wildcat roster.

If there are ten point guards in the country better than Hagans next year, you’ll have to show me who they are. And I can assure you they’re not the ten listed above.

Do better, CBS Sports.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

32 responses to “CBS Sports names top 10 point guards for 2019-20, leaves out Ashton Hagans”

  1. mashman 93

    Maybe it’s because Hagans was not very good from the 3 point line last year. Just guessing here Jack. I mean there were several games last year and especially the Auburn game(elite 8) where teams didn’t guard him on the perimeter and played for him driving to the basket. He will improve this year he has to man.

  2. KYjellyRoll

    Fuel

    1. Chade Sparrow

      PURE FUEL. PURE FUEL. (Stranger Things)

  3. Middy

    Not surprising. Hagans is good but far from elite. Other than some stout defense for about 10 games, what did he really do? He’s marginal on the offensive end with no jumper and some serious turnover problems against good teams. I’m rooting for the kid but let’s not pretend he’s an obvious Top 10 PG. He might not be the best PG on his own team.

    1. Bluehender

      All true. Especially the last sentence

  4. Cannon717

    I don’t know what some of y’all were watching, Hagans is EASILY a top 10 PG in the country do y’all see some of the guys on this list? Hagans is an elite defender. Great distributor. Great Leader. The end of the season Hagans didn’t play as well as he was capable of, but that Auburn game was on Cal not playing the mobile bigs in the P&R.

    1. mashburnfan1

      Don’t understand why anyone cares. It is just some dudes opinion and it means nothing just like preseason polls in any sport. He may or may not be a great pg, based on last year would be hard to imagine he was top 10 quality. That said I also did not see all the other pg’s play every game as have none of you so impossible for us to compare. Probably looked worse for him because we are always playing 8 vs 5 {see how stupid that sounds Cal}

    2. 4everUKblue

      Do you even see how stupid you make yourself look with all your BS lies mashbum? This post is unbelievably not the norm for you though.

  5. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

    Quickly had moments where he outplayed Hagans maybe that’s the issue. When your backup comes in and looks like he should be the starter it hurts your rep with the talking heads.

  6. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

    Wasn’t his assist to turnover ratio also in negative.

    1. Looother

      Yes…

  7. BlueBanker18

    Hagans has an incredibly high ceiling, ans we saw it on display a few times last season, but he was super inconsistent especially towards the end of the season. Motivation.

    1. BlueBanker18

      and*

    2. Bluehender

      Good points

  8. DelrayCat

    Oh…how convenient Ashton…it just so happens you play against the guy at the top of the list and pre-season all american….hmmm….sounds like a great opportunity to make a statement.

    1. DelrayCat

      …in the very first game.

    2. UKFanSC

      Exactly……He has a unique opportunity to make a statement in the very first game of the year.

  9. BBNnCLE

    The most important thing I’m not seeing anyone point out is how much Cal’s PG’s have improved when they’ve returned for year two.

  10. UKFanSC

    I’m not sure, based on last year, that he deserves it. He had a great 10 game stretch and has all the tools to become a top 10….maybe top 5…..but he is still developing and should use this as motivation.

  11. kjd

    Polls give guys something to write about.
    They mean absolutely nothing.

  12. StuckinLville

    They did the same thing with Tyler Ulis. We all know how that ended.

  13. kyle heavy

    I guess my thing is… who cares?

    1. Bluehender

      BBN cares..

  14. Bluehender

    BlueBanker and Delray nail it above. He has an incredibly high ceiling, but consistency is a must. And he has the opportunity to make that statement in the very first game of the season, against the guy at the top of the list. Personally, I’d like to see him get back to the defense we saw early on last year. Go make that statement Ashton..

  15. makeitstop

    Well we have 3 games scheduled against kids rated higher… and likely throw in a couple of more in the tourney so he can write his own ending like Fox did with Lonzo Ball. I agree w those who say he’s got a really high ceiling and his defense is as good as anyone on this list, but his play down the stretch was pretty dreadful in terms of shooting and judgment. He regressed. The only beef I have with the list (bc it’s great for motivation) is it assumes improvement from others but not from Hagans and that just won’t be the case. I believe he finishes the year as one of the 3-4 top performing PG but that will take shooting, and he’s got the advantage most of these kids don’t have – he will go against another top 10 PG in practice every day not just once a month or so. THAT is how u get better.

    1. grammarpoliceUK

      Have to remember also the three point line moved back and that will affect all the point guards.

  16. CrystalBall

    Don’t forget. He should have been playing High School ball last sea season.

    1. yoshukai

      He’s older than Kevin Knox and many of last years rookies. Hoping he will improve but based on last year, they have it right.

    2. UKFanSC

      Very good point

    3. kjd

      So…he should have stayed in high school?

  17. livingood4UK

    If a freshman can come in with no college experience and be on this list based on pure potential then Hagans should be on the list based on the flashes everyone saw AND his potential to improve upon last year. Bet he could defensively lock down any one of those names on that list this year

  18. dieden39

    Who cares. This is not boxing, tennis, golf, etc. but a team sport. Only thing that matters is winning the National Championship. I have witnessed all 8 of them and can’t wait for number 9. Go Cats