Kentucky may have its star point guard on Tuesday evening when the Wildcats head to Athens, GA.
According to Seth Davis of CBS Sports, the early rumblings around the Kentucky basketball program are that sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans is expected to play against Georgia in the team’s first true road game of the year.
“From what I’m hearing, I do expect Kentucky PG Ashton Hagans, who injured his ankle in Saturday’s win vs. Missouri, to play tomorrow night at Georgia,” Davis wrote. “Hagans grew up about 100 miles from Athens in Cartersville, Ga.”
From what I'm hearing I do expect Kentucky PG Ashton Hagans, who injured his ankle in Saturday's win vs Missouri, to play tomorrow night at Georgia. Hagans grew up about 100 miles from Athens in Cartersville, Ga.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 7, 2020
This afternoon, Kentucky assistant head coach Joel Justus said Hagans was “day-to-day” with a left ankle injury, adding that he was not certain if the 6-foot-3 point guard would practice on Monday.
“I think it’s day-to-day,” Justus said. “You know, we had a very cerebral day yesterday after the game that we played Saturday. We came back yesterday, watched film like we always do and had some more of a scripted walkthrough day. We’ll see where he is today, but I think for us, it’s day-to-day.”
Whether or not he’s available, the Kentucky assistant coach said the team is ready to step up in his absence, if necessary.
“If Ashton is available, he’s available,” said Justus. “If he’s hurt, he’s hurt. Our job is to go out and grab a roster of guys that can step up. If a guy’s out, it’s the next man up. I think Cal and our staff has the utmost confidence in the other guys. If Ashton can’t play, just like he couldn’t in the last couple of minutes of the Missouri game, we were able to finish that off. I think we’ll start tomorrow night at nine o’clock and if he’s there, great. If he’s not, I think we have confidence in the other guys who are ready to step up.”
Hagans originally hurt his left ankle in the final minutes of Kentucky’s victory over Missouri on Saturday afternoon, heading straight to the locker room after pulling up with the non-contact injury.
After several minutes with fans on the edge of their seats waiting for an official diagnosis, UK head coach John Calipari took the podium for his postgame press conference and voiced a positive report.
“It’s an ankle,” Calipari said. “I had one fear. What do you think my fear was for him? [Reporters: “Achilles”] Yeah, that was my fear. Forget about our team, for him, his game and how he plays. It’s not his Achilles. He said it’s a low ankle sprain. And you know high ankle sprains take like two weeks. A low ankle sprain takes 18 hours, so he’ll be fine.”
While he was seemingly joking with his 18-hour timeline, judging by Davis’ report this evening, it seems as though he wasn’t too far off.