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Sports Illustrated profiles Ashton Hagans

Ashton Hagan’s decision to reclassify was one of the moments that crystallized the 2018-2019 Wildcats as NCAA Championship contenders. John Calipari’s newfound depth at point guard has been a welcome sight for UK fans and an intriguing one for hoops pundits.

Sports Illustrated has been highlighting the most elite freshmen heading into the upcoming season, and they slotted Hagans at number 14, tagging him as a worthy replacement for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander:

If Hagans can help replace Gilgeous-Alexander’s production and contribute defensively, Kentucky should be all set. It’s got depth all across the court and Calipari is a gifted point guard creator. He’s coached five top-10 NBA draft picks at the point guard position and Hagans could easily be the next, with speed similar to the likes of Kentucky greats John Wall and De’Aaron Fox.

[Sports Illustrated]

While comparisons to Wall and Fox might be lofty, and are certainly premature from a skill perspective, Coach Cal does have a way of molding old fashioned raw talent into a more refined style of play. with time and competition, Hagans could absolutely climb into that echelon.

He led UK in steals with 8 during their stint in the Bahamas, demonstrating that defensive ferocity we’ve come to love from UK point guards. Once he gets some time under his belt running the offense, and if he can cut back on the turnovers, Ashton could be Kentucky’s top point guard option come time for March Madness.

Hooray for football and everything, but can basketball season hurry up too, please?


Article written by Jay Winkler

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

7 Comments for Sports Illustrated profiles Ashton Hagans

  1. Tom Bombadil
    11:24 am August 26, 2018 Permalink

    I wonder why the obvious rush to overlook Immanuel Quickley?

  2. Wade
    11:57 am August 26, 2018 Permalink

    Hagans plays with a tempo that other pg’s can’t contain. iq will get minutes I love his game but after Hagans just goes Tazmanian devil on them for 10 minutes that’s where iq will step in and carve out the defense and get shots and find the bigs down low for easy buckets bc we can change out bigs just as easy with ej nick Reid pj and Keldon too. Cal has already said he likes Quade at the 2 with Keldon at the 3 and Herro to back up Quade then those bigs all rotate so iq and Hagans are going to have great seasons guaranteed…

    • wyatts1
      1:05 pm August 26, 2018 Permalink

      Who would’ve thought after last season that we would be putting nick Richards in the same category as our other strong and talented bigs, great job nick Richard ?, he’s really took advantage of his time here at UK. Idk how long hero will be playing back up behind green or anybody for that matter, but the fact it’s even a conversation just shows how deep and talented we really are ??!! Can’t wait for basketball season ?

    • ClutchCargo
      1:41 pm August 26, 2018 Permalink

      How do you decide which punctuation mark to use, wyatts1? lol

  3. BlakeBlueNation
    3:15 pm August 26, 2018 Permalink

    I think Hagans will be our 3rd best player at the end of the season. All he needs is a jump shot.

    • Wade
      7:03 pm August 26, 2018 Permalink

      Just hit ft and attack the rim and pass all he need and if he had a 15 footer… it’s over

  4. michaelb
    8:07 pm August 26, 2018 Permalink

    Rabble rabble … quickly showed more than anyone at point .