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.