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Ashton Hagans Took UK’s Backcourt from Solid to Final Four Caliber

Usually at this point in the offseason, next year’s basketball roster is crystallized, and the BBN at large can analyze the future team’s potential. This year remains an exception: Reid Travis’ prospective transfer to UK remains a possibility, and up until yesterday, Ashton Hagans’ reclassification was uncertain (even if we all basically knew he was bound to join an already deep 2018 Wildcat squad).

Now that 2018’s backcourt has been solidified, we can say with confidence that UK’s backcourt will be as good or better than any other in the nation.

Three former 5 star point guards will make up the backbone of the Wildcats’ lineup, opening Coach Cal up to a very flexible roster. Expect to see 3 guards on the floor fairly often next season, and don’t expect to see a winded PG gasping for breath very often.

Quade Green will supply the “veteran” and vocal leadership, following in the footsteps of the player he was so often compared to leading into last year, Tyler Ulis. While he is not the athletic specimen that his two freshmen counterparts are, he is already an exceptional offensive floor general, and his defense will improve alongside his growing athleticism.

Then there are the young guns. Immanuel Quickley is a combo point guard who can serve as either the coordinator of the offense or as a potential scoring weapon. His versatility will earn him minutes playing alongside pretty much every other Cat next year.

Hagans will underscore the offense as an exceptional athlete who can score almost at will. Sure, he can run the offense when needed, but more than any other of Cal’s guards next year, he will be able to create and improvise, constructing points where the drawn up offense may not be producing them.

If you’ve forgotten just how spectacular Hagans will be in blue, here’s a reminder:

Get hype, BBN.

@JayWinkKSR

Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

5 Comments for Ashton Hagans Took UK’s Backcourt from Solid to Final Four Caliber



  1. Ridge Runner
    11:08 am June 17, 2018 Permalink

    Agreed Jay, 100%.



  2. Catcasey1
    1:29 pm June 17, 2018 Permalink

    I think he be Cals best guard yet



  3. JackEsq
    3:24 pm June 17, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s not forget Tyler Herro. I think he’ll end up as one of the team’s top scorers. At any rate, I love our backcourt.



  4. k3ntucky_jer
    4:29 pm June 17, 2018 Permalink

    The kid can score but that’s not his biggest strength. Creating space and passing is his best strength. The kid can flat out dish the rock. I would be very surprised if he doesn’t lead the sec in assist this year. Alot of people high on his scoring but his game is more passing and creating open shots for his teammates.Jay you should do a little bit more research on Hagans overall game.



  5. (Aixelsyd)0505
    9:45 pm June 17, 2018 Permalink

    Cal’s top 3 pg at Kentucky
    1- John wall
    2- Ashton Hagens
    3- D fox