One big reason to be excited about next year’s team is having a sophomore Ashton Hagans to anchor the backcourt, and yesterday, Andy Katz put the Kentucky point guard first on his list of rising stars to watch in 2019-20.
“Hagans’ announcement that he will return to Kentucky locks in an experienced lead guard for the Wildcats. Kentucky needed a player at the point who can shepherd along another high-level recruiting class. Hagans took over the position and excelled. He had close to a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio and will be counted on by John Calipari to be a leader.
His standout game came against Kansas when he scored a dozen points and dished out eight assists. He handed out 12 assists and scored 10 points in a four-point SEC tournament semifinal loss to Tennessee. Hagans hasn’t shied away from the big moment. He’ll have plenty of those next season.”
I’d argue North Carolina was more of a standout game for Hagans, but he definitely rose to the occasion vs. Kansas as well. Hagans struggled a bit down the stretch, but they always say college basketball players make the biggest jump from their freshman to sophomore seasons. If so, we’re in for a fun ride.
To check out the rest of Katz’s list, click here.