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Kentucky trending for 2019 five-star guard Ashton Hagans, likely to reclassify to 2018

Late last month, Georgia lost their prized recruit for the class of 2019 when No. 1 point guard Ashton Hagans decommitted from the program.

The 6-foot-4 guard out of Covington, Georgia currently holds offers from over 30 schools, namely North Carolina, Kansas, Florida, and Tennessee, among others.

Over the last 24 hours, however, the Kentucky Wildcats have been gaining the most momentum of all potential schools.

In fact, two national recruiting analysts have recently submitted Crystal Ball picks for Kentucky, including basketball insider Andrew Slater (76% success rate.)

Hagans has yet to receive an offer from Kentucky, but the coaching staff visited him several times this past fall, and reportedly keep in regular contact with 247 Sports’ No. 8 overall prospect.

When he decommitted from Georgia in February, recruiting insider Evan Daniels reported Hagans was set to reclassify to the class of 2018. The star guard later denied the report, though Daniels said it’s no secret he will be playing college basketball next season.

With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander likely gone after this year, Kentucky may be looking for Hagans to replace him as the smooth operator on next year’s team:

Check out his most recent highlights:

Getting the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2019? Impressive. Bringing him in a year early? Boom goes the dynamite.

Make it happen, Calipari.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

26 Comments for Kentucky trending for 2019 five-star guard Ashton Hagans, likely to reclassify to 2018



  1. UKinIN
    9:42 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Wouldn’t this be a slap in the face to Quickly?



    • Cletis75
      10:38 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe another Bledsoe and Wall combination. You can’t have too many elite level, fast point guards at the college level. We could have used an extra last year. I think that was the only thing that kept us from hanging #9 last year.



    • Han
      11:01 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      I doubt Cal told Quickly he’d be the only point guard on the roster. When he committed, there was no guarantee both Quade and Shai would be gone, so he’d have at least one PG to compete with.

      But like Cletis75 pointed to, Cal’s had multiple examples of teams succeeding with 2 PGs, even playing them together (this year, the platoon year, and even that first year with Wall and Bledsoe).

      If you work hard and have talent, Cal gives you a chance to earn playing time. If you’re afraid of the competition, “maybe we’re not for you.”



    • Jiminy Crickets
      5:09 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      More of a slap to Quade. He’ll be the one watching from the bench



  2. Smyrna_Cat
    9:53 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    We have three guards coming in already. I don’t see him wanting to come here, at least not next year.



    • Rembrandt
      6:51 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Yes we have three guards coming. We also have two guards leaving, and Baker hasn’t played in a year because of his knee. Let’s let Cal handle the recruiting.



  3. Smyrna_Cat
    9:54 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    “With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander likely gone after this year, Kentucky may be looking for Hagans to replace him as the smooth operator on next year’s team,” Did you borrow this from someone else, or are these your thoughts? Cause they make no sense.



    • Jack Pilgrim
      10:48 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      There is quite literally nothing confusing about that statement.



    • michaelb
      9:24 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Jack we all enjoy your work and thank you for what you do. Don’t bother with giving hecklers acknowledgement.



    • Smyrna_Cat
      11:39 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Jack, it may not be confusing to you, but it makes no sense. We already have a “smooth operator” coming in to run the team next year. Name of Quickly. We also have two other guards coming in next year, and we will have Baker back.

      So, “quite literally,” that was a silly thing for you to write.



    • ClutchCargo
      11:55 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Smyrna_Cat, are you suggesting it’s a good idea to pass on the #1 PG for any reason whatsoever?



    • Smyrna_Cat
      11:09 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Clutch, of course I am not. But lets clarify … we have the number 2 or 3 PG in the 2018 class in Quickly. We have a returning starter in Green. We have two 5-star shooting guards coming in, plus Baker will be available. Would love to have Hagans, but (1) there isn’t much apparent playing time at PG, (2) there isn’t much apparent playing time at SG because of the players I mentioned, (3) he committed before to GA, but withdrew because of Fox firing, (4) we have a tendency to get excited about every 5-star player that decommits from somewhere, and (5) other than a few bloggers making crystal ball predictions, I haven’t seen anyone close to the situation suggest Hagans wants to come here.

      Rather than blindly write pithy blurbs for people like MichaelB, it would be nice to see Jack put some thought and analysis into what the decommitment means. If he comes to UK (again, no real proven interest there), it would make more sense to do so in 2019, when we assume so guards will move on. There isn’t a lot of space available at PG for 2018. Perhaps he is one of those players that is so good he isn’t worried about competition at all … if so he may come IF HE HAS ANY INTEREST IN COMING. And finally, since many suggest he wants to change his class from 2019 to 2018, it makes sense that either (1) he recommits to GA (uggh … Crean), or (2) he commits somewhere else with lots of playing time.

      Would love to have Hagans in 2019 … that just seems highly unlikely.



    • KYJelly
      11:38 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Smyrna, quit trolling, please. You’re at this site and reading this article because you enjoy it, you don’t need to criticize everything you see fit. There are better ways to spend your time and to get attention, you’re better than that



    • UK Big Board Update
      12:01 pm March 17, 2018 Permalink

      “We don’t need John Wall – we already have Marquis Teague.”

  4. UVA offense looks turrible. Go UMBC!



  5. NUM1UKFANFROMTHEVILLE
    10:15 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    If Shai and someone else (Vanderbilt, Diallo, Washington, Gabriel) leave along with Knox of course, we could show heavy interest then. He is really good and could compliment with Quickley. Our backcourt would be loaded and hands down the best. Blazing fast also with shooters



  6. shelby
    10:22 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    He looks great, but prob needs to stay in the 19 class to maximize his potential … and playing time.



  7. nicky
    10:53 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Gonna need to clean up that handle some….carries it quite often and they’ve been calling it more lately



  8. Kat4Life
    11:11 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Hmmmm. This kid plus Green plus Quickley. How’s that going to work? If anyone can figure it out Cal can.



    • Smyrna_Cat
      11:39 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Jack thinks it makes perfect sense. Not sure I see how to keep three point guards happy.



    • Rembrandt
      7:02 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Gilgeous-Alexander is gone. Diallo is determined to be OAD. Diallo will attend the pre-draft camp again, like last year, and some NBA team will draft him on athleticism and upside then stash him on a D league team. Baker hasn’t played basketball in a year because of his knee injury. Cal got caught short on guards this year, and is smart to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Passing on the #1 guard under these circumstances when he wants to come here would be stupid. You may not understand this, but that doesn’t make Pilgrim wrong.



    • michaelb
      9:17 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Just turn your head, he or she only reads to heckle. I notice this day in and day out. Loading your team up with the best talent possible is always the objective.



    • Smyrna_Cat
      11:16 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Michaelb. Think for a minute. The objective is not always to “load your team up with the best talent possible” … it is about filling the needs you have with the best talent possible. As Kat4Life pointed out, PG is not a major need now. And the idea that we desperately need someone to “hand the keys to” is just silly. Seems he are weak at PF, with Knox expected to leave, and we could use help inside.

      And to clarify, “heckling” comes as a result of silly comments and silly writing. I apologize if you think I heckle too much. On the other hand, some can’t write, or are simply sheep. Baaaahhh.



    • Smyrna_Cat
      11:22 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Rembrandt. There is absolutely logic in what you say. IF Hagans wants to come here, or course you don’t pass on the number #1 PG (by the way … that is his ranking for the 2019 class … not sure what it will be for 2018, but at least based on film highlights, Quickly looks like the PG of choice). But to suggest what we don’t have PG is just wrong. Green has played well, Quickly is coming in. We have two other guards coming in. You can say Baker hasn’t played, and somehow dismiss him … but at the same time, Hagans hasn’t played either, so that seems to be a bit of a mute point. If Hagans wants to come here, awesome. I prefer it be in 2019. And as soon as he says he WANTS to come here, and we say no, then we can talk about passing on him.