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Will Ashton Hagans be eligible in 2018? Tyler Herro thinks he knows when we’ll have an answer


It’s not too often that any school, anywhere in college basketball can get commitments from a pair of five-star prospects in back-to-back days. Only that’s exactly what happened at Kentucky earlier this week.

On Monday, 6’10 forward E.J. Montgomery committed to the Wildcats, choosing Kentucky over Duke and North Carolina, in a move that even surprised one of his future teammates. And then on Tuesday John Calipari and his staff did it again – reeling in another five-star prospect. This one was point guard Ashton Hagans, a dynamic 6’4 playmaker who is also out of Georgia. As things stand, Hagans is actually a part of the class of 2019, although Hagans told 247 Sports’ Evan Daniels that his hope is to reclassify and play at Kentucky next season.

So when will we know for sure whether Hagans is eligible for the 2018-2019 season? It won’t be any time soon. However, KSR spoke to future Kentucky Wildcat – and friend of Hagans – Tyler Herro at the Nike Hoops Summit on Thursday, and Herro may have given a timeframe on when we’ll get an answer.

“We’re just going to have to wait for August,” Herro told KSR, when asked about the possibility of Hagans showing up on campus next season. “He told me he has to take his final test for school and then see if he can reclass(ify).”

That note from Herro is interesting – but ultimately is in line with everything we’ve heard so far.

That’s because earlier this week Hagans’ AAU coach Chris Williams spent some time on radio with KSR’s T.J. Walker and Nick Roush and mentioned that for the time being, Hagans was still a part of the class of 2019. Williams did say that he believes Hagans should know by July, which is a similar time-frame as what Herro provided on Thursday.

Point being, as exciting as the Hagans news was on Tuesday, we’re still a long way away from knowing when exactly the five-star, can’t miss point guard will end up on Kentucky’s campus. That means we’re also potentially months away from knowing exactly what Kentucky’s 2018-2019 roster will look like as well.

Still, if you’re looking for a glimmer of hope that Hagans will be in Lexington this coming fall, Herro might have provided it on Thursday.

“I think we have a pretty good shot,” Herro said, when asked if he thought Hagans would be on campus this fall.

Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

3 responses to “Will Ashton Hagans be eligible in 2018? Tyler Herro thinks he knows when we’ll have an answer”

  1. Han

    I just hope he can reclassify in time to go on the trip with the team. In our near-perfect year, those early games were not only a lot of fun, but they obviously helped the team gel faster, letting the frosh learn from the extra practices too. The guys who were hurt and unable to play were a little off the first few games of the regular season.

  2. BBNDan7

    Surely that time frame also means Quade doesn’t transfer. Would be premature in my opinion to transfer months in advance

  3. unbridled

    I’m really liking Tyler Herro. Kid seems mentally tough and can flat out score. Hopefully he can play defense.