Now that Chris Mack is the head coach at Louisville, which recruits will he and John Calipari tangle over in the years to come? The first could be five-star point guard Ashton Hagans, who decommitted from Georgia last month and is still contemplating a jump to the 2018 class.
Mack recruited Hagans while at Xavier, and shortly after the news went public yesterday that he was coming to Louisville, extended an offer to the Georgia Mr. Basketball to join him. Hagans’ AAU coach told the Courier-Journal that Mack’s staff is making Hagans a priority, which can’t necessarily be said about Calipari and Kentucky.
Hagans continues to pick up offers from top programs, but he’s clearly waiting on one from Kentucky; in fact, despite not having offered, the Cats lead his Crystal Ball with 50% of the predictions. With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox likely off to the NBA Draft and Hamidou Diallo potentially following suit, Calipari may want to add another physical rim attacker to his arsenal for next season. On his radio show Monday night, Calipari said he may sign two more players in the 2018 class. One is presumably E.J. Montgomery. Given Shai’s likelihood of moving on, the other could be Hagans (or, of course, James Wiseman should he reclassify).
Kentucky’s decision to go after Hagans lies in the balance of the current squad’s NBA decisions. If they do pursue him, they’ll probably succeed; however, Mack clearly isn’t wasting time throwing Louisville’s hat in the ring.