Yesterday afternoon, Tyler Herro told KSR that he talks to 2019 five-star point guard Ashton Hagans “quite a bit” and that he’s going to be making a college decision “pretty quick.”
Tonight, Herro took a step further by saying there’s a “really good shot” Hagans reclassifies to the class of 2018 and commits to Kentucky.
I’d say we have a really good shot (he reclassifies.) I don’t really know specific numbers on the chances, but there is a good shot,” he said.
All he’s doing is waiting on some of the other guards on the UK roster to make their NBA decisions.
“I think we’re in good hands as far as getting him here,” Herro said. “He’s just waiting on whether some guards leave, Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander) and Hami (Diallo), so we’ll see what happens with them. I think if they leave, we have a really good shot with him. I’m staying on him, Keldon is staying on him, so we’ll see what happens.”
Kentucky signee Keldon Johnson says he has also been in regular contact with the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2019.
“I’ve talked to Ashton, I know him from previous camps and other basketball events like that,” said Johnson. “So I’ve talked to him a couple times, and of course the topic of Kentucky came up.”
As far as the kind of player Kentucky could be getting in Ashton Hagans, Herro said he is a “dog” and the Big Blue Nation would be extremely lucky to get him.
“You know everyone knows Keldon is a dog, and I’d like to say I’m a dog. Immanuel (Quickley) is a dog. Ashton is just as much a dog as us, if not more. The way he picks up 94 feet, full-court defense. He gets downhill a lot, as a point guard, he gets downhill. Comes off in transition, makes the right play. To have him as a point guard, whoever gets him, they’re lucky,” said Herro.
Keldon Johnson agrees.
“I’d say he’s definitely a dog, picks up 94 feet, steps up on defense,” he said.
When asked about the roster makeup of next year’s team, Herro said he’s hoping for as much veteran leadership as possible to help guide the team.
“Whoever returns, we’ll be in good shape. PJ (Washington), Jarred (Vanderbilt), Nick Richards, they can all contribute. The more experience we have, the better we’ll be. So if we get a lot of sophomores back, get Wenyen (Gabriel) and Sacha (Killeya-Jones) back, it’d be really good,” he said.
Any update on the other guys trying to decide? Herro said he’s in contact with them, and they are all in the process of talking to their families to finalize their decisions.
“I’ve talked to them, I think they are all on the fence right now trying to make the best decision,” Herro said. ‘They’ll talk to their families, and we’ll see what happens.”