You may or may not be familiar with 2019 five-star guard Ashton Hagans, but it’s time to get to know him. Because he could be committing to Kentucky in the very near future.
First, start with Tyler’s post last week on the Georgia native. It will cover all the need-to-know details on his game and why UK is interested. Assuming Hamidou Diallo leaves, Hagans could slide in and be UK’s most athletic player next season and probably the fastest, too. He has the size John Calipari prefers in his guards and he has the speed and handles to match.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect is ranked No. 6 in the Rivals 2019 class rankings, but it’s no secret he’s trying to make the jump to 2018. When Kentucky offered Hagans last week the offer was for 2018 or 2019, but Hagans is reclassifying. That’s the plan.
The only reason he wouldn’t reclassify is if he can’t reclassify, but it’s something Hagans has been working towards for months and he would have until August to complete the task. Even in a worst case scenario where he needed more time he could enroll after the first semester, but that’s unlikely to happen because the plan is to be enrolled taking college courses as soon as possible.
Well, two well-known national analysts had some thoughts on Hagans over the last 24 hours.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 4, 2018
Not an editor, but…
capital V &
swap “could potentially” for “will” ? https://t.co/1CFpMgzVLy
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 5, 2018
If you needed more confirmation that Hagans is likely to end up at Kentucky for next season, well, there you go. Sources have told Kentucky Sports Radio that UK has a sizeable lead in his recruitment and a commitment could be within the next couple weeks.
Hagans initial plans were to take all five of his official visits and if he reclassified then he’d announce later this spring or summer. I would be surprised to see him take all five visits.
If Hagans does pick Kentucky in the next week or two, it’s a great addition for the Cats and could help soften the blow if SGA leaves (I still expect SGA and Knox to declare). However, don’t expect Hagans to be a De’Aaron Fox or John Wall. He has a similar build and a similar style as those two players, but Hagans is still technically a junior and it will take him time to develop.
Hagans would be eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft, but it’s hard not to imagine how dominant he could be in 2019-2020 if he were to come back for a sophomore season. Again, all this is assuming he does in fact reclassify, which seems automatic.
Hagans needs to improve on his shot and having the game slow down, but he would be the pefect complimentary guard for Quade Green and all the shooters on the perimeter. Hagans will be able to get to in the paint and it would make everyone’s job easier if he attracted a few defenders on his way to the rim.
It may be premature to put Hagans on commitment watch as of today, but odds are we’re not too far off from Hagans deciding on Kentucky.