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Ashton Hagans deemed a “defensive master,” best in high school basketball

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The April Evaluation Period is officially underway, where John Calipari and the Kentucky coaching staff are making their rounds on elite high school prospects throughout the nation. The AAU circuit tipped off this weekend in Dallas, with coaches checking out the Nike EYBL, Adidas Gauntlet, and Under Armour Association throughout.

One of those players? Kentucky’s newest point guard commitment Ashton Hagans, who is playing for Game Elite in the Adidas event.

On Saturday, Hagans put on a show in front of John Calipari, scoring 29 total points in two games to go with eight rebounds and seven assists. He even shot 80-percent from the three-point line throughout the weekend, drilling four of five attempts.

And his scoring display wasn’t even the most impressive aspect of his game.

According to Corey Evans of, who is in Dallas for the event, Hagans is a “defensive master,” and the best in all of high school basketball.

“Hagans again put his Game Elite squad on his back Saturday, going for a cool 29 points,” he said. “While he does have to cut down on his turnovers, Hagans’ defensive mastery remains the best in high school basketball.”

Evans talked to Hagans after his impressive performance on both ends of the floor, who told him that we should know “in the next few weeks” whether or not he will be joining the class of 2018, as most of the Big Blue Nation expects.

“I am just trying to get all caught up with school and it is just a possibility that I would reclassify into 2018,” he told Evans. “It is just finishing up classes right now and getting all of my credits to qualify. I would say I would know in the next few weeks, sometime by June.”

Check out Hagans’ performance against top-three recruit and Louisville Aspire Academy product Charles Bassey:

We’ve heard Hagans was a “dog” and thrived on both ends of the floor, but the best defender in high school basketball?

That’s music to the Big Blue Nation’s ears.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

6 Comments for Ashton Hagans deemed a “defensive master,” best in high school basketball

  1. michaelb
    1:26 pm April 22, 2018 Permalink

    I hope this kid grows into what everyone is pumping him up to be …. I don’t really see it but , that’s why I’m not a scout I guess

  2. KYcats11
    3:03 pm April 22, 2018 Permalink

    That’s not aspire academy…

  3. Ez21
    3:41 pm April 22, 2018 Permalink

    So did he score 29 pts in 2 gms or just 1? It says 29 total points in 2 gms then later it says he put his team on his back scoring 29 on Sat. I’d love to read 1 article on this site sometime or another that doesn’t have proofreading errors.

    • Jack Pilgrim
      4:20 pm April 22, 2018 Permalink

      He played two games on Saturday, 29 total points. That’s a direct quote from Corey Evans of Rivals, not KSR.

  4. michaelb
    4:33 pm April 22, 2018 Permalink

    Jack, you do a good job. Don’t acknowledge the pickers.