Kentucky assistant Joel Justus told Jon Hale of the Courier0-Journal that Ashton Hagans will be a “really, really good,” once he figures out one thing- playing without the ball.
In an exclusive with the CJ (READ THAT HERE), Justus notes how Hagans has only known how to play with the ball, but once he becomes comfortable playing off the ball he can become a special player for his college and future NBA careers. Remember, Hagans should be enrolling in his senior year of high school and now he’s helping lead the best team in college basketball.
“He’s going to be really, really good when he figures out what to do when he doesn’t have the ball,” Justus said. “Ashton has always played with the ball. You know what? If I was coaching him in high school and on the grassroots circuit, I would have put the ball in his hands as much as possible, but that’s not what it’s going to be in the NBA. “What we’ve got to do here is train him and get him used to playing with other really good players, playing off the ball, being ready to attack when he gets the ball and then being ready to catch and shoot so he’s a threat as much with the ball as he is off the ball.”
The rest of the article is a good read about Hagans’ development, why the Cats recruited him and what else Hagans likes to do on the court. Check it out on the off day before Hagans and the boys return to the court tomorrow.
Hagans will become more comfortable as his career progresses, but it’s awfully impressive how far along he is defensively.