Do you want to see a list that will get you angry on this beautiful Saturday evening?
CBS Sports recently released their list of the top ten point guards in college basketball for the 2019-20 season, and Kentucky sophomore Ashton Hagans was excluded.
- Cassius Winston (Michigan State)
- Devon Dotson (Kansas)
- Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State)
- Tre Jones (Duke)
- Markus Howard (Marquette)
- Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois)
- Cole Anthony (North Carolina)
- Nico Mannion (Arizona)
- Andrew Nembhard (Florida)
- Antoine Davis (Detroit)
And where is Hagans listed? All the way down in the “Honorable Mentions” section, where he’s not even in the top three of that list.
For those keeping track at home, two of those prospects – Anthony and Mannion – are incoming freshmen, while several others put up mediocre-at-best numbers last season for their respective teams.
Albeit a 43.4% three-point shooter last season, Haliburton averaged a whopping 6.8 points and 3.6 assists per game at Iowa State in 2018-19. As a freshman at Florida last season, Nembhard averaged 8.0 points, 5.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per contest. Dotson, a hot preseason Big-12 Player of the Year candidate, averaged 12.3 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.4 steals per game at Kansas last season. Dosunmu, a former five-star talent, only averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 assists per game as Illinois’ premier guard.
Hagans, who averaged 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per contest as a freshman, was named Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year, tabbed to the league’s SEC All-Defensive Team, selected for the Athletic’s All-Glue Team, made the CollegeInsider.com Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team, tabbed to the CollegeInsider.com Lefty Drisell Defensive All-America Team, named a Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year semifinalist, and was a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week winner.
Hagans struggled to close out the year, but one could argue that his stretch from December 22 to January 19, the Kentucky defensive specialist was the best player on the Wildcat roster.
If there are ten point guards in the country better than Hagans next year, you’ll have to show me who they are. And I can assure you they’re not the ten listed above.
Do better, CBS Sports.