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 Rivals.com, 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.