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Ashton Hagans projected to be first-round pick in new mock draft

Keldon Johnson and PJ Washington are staples in most 2019 mock drafts, but another Wildcat’s name popped up as a potential first-rounder today. In his new mock draft, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie has Ashton going 27th to the Brooklyn Nets. Vecenie cites Ashton’s speed and defense as reasons he could go in the first round, but said one reason he might not is his offense.

“He’s a poor shooter, hitting just 17 percent from 3. He’s a reluctant driver in half-court settings and doesn’t get a ton of shots at the basket. He makes a ton of plays for others, averaging 5.5 assists per game in SEC play. But he turns it over at a rate that’s a bit too high. To contrast him with Williams, my guess is that I’ll have Hagans a bit lower on my board than where he gets drafted. For the Nets, though, he’s the kind of terrific culture fit and leader they value, and they could use a pest defensively off the bench to pair with Spencer Dinwiddie or D’Angelo Russell.”

Vecenie has Keldon Johnson going eighth to the Atlanta Hawks and PJ Washington going 23rd to the Oklahoma City Thunder, comparing the latter to another former Cat.

Imagine him as a second-chance opportunity at the failed Patrick Patterson signing, even down to the school each of them play or played at. Washington is an interesting 6-foot-8 power forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan who plays a tough style of basketball. But where the Patterson comparison is even more apt is with Washington’s developed ability to shoot it from the perimeter. He’s knocking down 37 percent from distance on two attempts per game, showcasing much more refined mechanics and footwork.

No Tyler Herro listed in the first or second rounds, which is good news for those of you hoping he’ll stick around for another year. To see the entire list, click the link below.

[The Athletic]


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12 Comments for Ashton Hagans projected to be first-round pick in new mock draft

  1. mrpokerchips
    6:11 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink

    Ashton might just be in the lottery

    • IrishCat
      7:52 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink

      I agree. The assessment by the scout already sounds antiquated. His penetration in the half court is not a problem.

    • IndianaSucks
      8:16 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink

      You’re on crack if you think he’s a lottery pick. First round maybe but lottery, there’s no way. Not this year. He needs to develop his shot before that.

    • catsarerunnin
      8:41 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink

      You don’t know that. There’s lots of basketball to play and Cal’s point guards usually get better and better.

    • mashburnfan1
      10:40 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink

      Indianadoessuck…..NBA drafts alot on potential and with all he is showing they will feel they can work on his shot. Wall was not a good shooter. With Hagans size and defense and how he is showing to get where he wants they may take him higher, plus lots of games to go. Who would you rather have at point….Hagans or Trae Young {who was the fifth pick}. Young only shoots 40% from field and less than 30% from 3. He does get over 7 assist per game but less than 1 steal. Also Hagans defends better right now and will rebound better than Young in the NBA. Most will depend on who picks where and what they need but he could be a lottery pick for sure.

  2. stl_cat
    6:33 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink

    Not surprising, I fully expected him to be one and done after he broke out vs UNC/UL/etc. His only glaring weakness is his shot, and that’s not going to scare off anyone in the NBA

  3. RealCatsFan
    7:05 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink

    Ashton (and his family) says “YESSSS!”

    BBN says “NOOOOO!”

  4. fish on
    7:32 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink


  5. Kizzy
    8:16 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink

    Ashton wont get drafted. Offense poor

  6. IndianaSucks
    8:19 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink

    I get that the NBA drafts purely on speculation but there’s no way if I’m a NBA GM that I’m drafting him in the lottery. Not this year.

  7. Wildcat_blues1029
    11:05 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink

    Hagans is for sure gone. Not a lottery pick but will easily be a 1st rounder by THE END of the season. Doesn’t have a broken shot and plays hard non stop. Relentless defender and learning and improving each game how to control the offense. He’ll be a huge asset for a contending playoff team. Can definitely see A team like the spurs taking him seeing they don’t have a starting PG.

  8. Wildcat_blues1029
    11:07 pm January 29, 2019 Permalink

    NBA draft is based off potential for your bottom teams and your playoff teams are looking for guys who can come in contribute right away. Hagans can definitely provide that for a playoff team seeing how these point guard matchups are battles every night