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Ashton Hagans named one of the top-25 college basketball players for 2019-20

Andy Katz of believes Kentucky sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans will be one of the top players in all of college basketball next season.

In his recent list of the top 25 players in all of college basketball, Hagans came in at No. 23 overall and No. 10 among all guards.

23. Ashton Hagans, So., G, Kentucky: The Wildcats have the experience at the most important position to make a Final Four run.

Last month, Katz also listed Hagans as the most important player in the SEC for 2019-20.

The Wildcats have a rare returning point guard and that’s why Kentucky is one of the teams projected to go on a Final Four run. Hagans emerged as the leader midway through the season and embraced the role. His numbers in all areas should increase, and as long as turnovers don’t as well, Kentucky will have the lead guard it needs to shepherd in another elite recruiting class.

As a freshman, the Wildcat point guard was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year alongside LSU’s Tremont Waters, also picking up SEC All-Defensive Team honors in the process. Finishing as a Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year semifinalist and two-time SEC Freshman of the Week winner, Hagans averaged 7.7 points, 4.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 28.5 minutes per game in his first year in Lexington.

Starting 30 of 37 games for the Wildcats, including the final 29, Hagans tied Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for the third-most steals by a freshman in school history, dished out the fifth-most assists by a freshman in school history, and recorded 10 games with three or more steals.

Check out the entire list here:

  1. Cassius Winston, Sr., G, Michigan State
  2. Markus Howard, Sr., G, Marquette
  3. Myles Powell, Sr., G, Seton Hall
  4. James Wiseman, Fr., C, Memphis
  5. Cole Anthony, Fr., G, North Carolina
  6.  Jordan Nwora, Jr., F, Louisville
  7. Kerry Blackshear Jr., Sr., Florida
  8. Tre Jones, So., G, Duke
  9. Anthony Cowan Jr., Sr., Maryland
  10. Lamar Stevens, Sr., F, Penn State
  11. Anthony Edwards, Fr., G, Georgia
  12. Devon Dotson, So., G, Kansas
  13. Jarron Cumberland, Sr., G, Cincinnati
  14. Udoka Azubuike, Sr., C, Kansas
  15. Kaleb Wesson, Jr., C, Ohio State
  16. Sam Merrill, Sr., G, Utah State
  17. Tristan Clark, Jr., F, Baylor
  18. Jalen Smith, So., F, Maryland
  19. Trevion Williams, So., F, Purdue
  20. Xavier Tillman, Jr., F, Michigan State
  21. Killian Tillie, Sr., F, Gonzaga
  22. Ayo Dosunmu, So., G, Illinois
  23. Ashton Hagans, So., G, Kentucky
  24. Andrew Nembhard, So., G, Florida
  25. Isaiah Stewart, Fr., C, Washington

While other players might put up bigger numbers next year, I have a hard time believing there will be 22 players better than Hagans by the time the 2019-20 season comes to a close.



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

6 Comments for Ashton Hagans named one of the top-25 college basketball players for 2019-20

  1. UKCatAttack
    6:24 pm July 16, 2019 Permalink

    That’s a terrible list. I think you could’ve come up with a better one yourself. If it’s accurate and we only have one of the top 25 players in college basketball we are in for a rough year.

    • Corder
      6:42 pm July 16, 2019 Permalink

      A lot of the teams on this list only have one. Basketball has always and will always be a team sport. If it wasn’t then Zion and Barrett would have taken home the crown last year. It all depends on how the team meshes. If only having top 25 players is what makes a team good then Virginia wouldn’t have won it all last year, Tech wouldn’t have been in the finals and auburn wouldn’t have even sniffed the final four.

    6:39 pm July 16, 2019 Permalink

    Lol we have 3-4 top 25 players in the Nation period. BROOKS, Whitney, Maxey, and if RICHARDS can finnally tap into his full potential, plus Hagans that is 3-5 players that will be the best in Nation. Couple of those will be lottery picks by the time Cal is done. I wouldn’t be surprised if JUZANG will be a over looked Herro, Booker, SGA , type. Our talent is being overlooked or taken for granted.

    • Corder
      6:45 pm July 16, 2019 Permalink

      Thank you. People don’t realize what we have this year and are only worried about numbers that don’t matter when the ball gets thrown up and these kids actually have to play. I love how all these people will say how horrible the media is at their job but eat these preseason numbers up that are opinions. You can have the preseason list I’ll take the final results any time.

  3. nocode96
    7:15 pm July 16, 2019 Permalink

    @Corder, I haven’t seen you around a bunch, but you’re making WAY too much sense for these comment sections!

  4. kjd
    8:10 pm July 16, 2019 Permalink

    Lists mean nothing. Train hard. Practice hard. Go play.