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Kentucky in “very strong position” with Ashton Hagans, reclassification possible

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will likely announce he is headed to the NBA Draft on Monday night, but John Calipari may already have a replacement lined up.

According to Adam Zagoria, Kentucky is in “very strong position” to land 2019 five-star point guard Ashton Hagans, and it is entirely possible he reclassifies to 2018 this summer. Likely, even.

In fact, according to recruiting insider Andrew Slater, you might as well lock up Hagans to Kentucky in the class of 2018.

Though he mostly follows Duke, Slater is considered one of the most in-the-know insiders in the game right now. His words carry SIGNIFICANT weight.

Since decommitting from Georgia back in February, Kentucky has ramped up interest in the five-star guard, and soon became the heavy favorite in his recruitment. The second Calipari extended an offer in late March, most recruiting analysts considered it near-guarantee.

Hagans has denied the reclassification rumors, but nearly every insider in the recruiting circles claims it’s a foregone conclusion he will end up in the class of 2018. He is already 18 years old, and supposedly has been setting up his academics for a class jump for several months now. For comparison’s sake, Marvin Bagley transferred to three different high schools in two states and still managed to get his academic situation in order to make the move this past summer.

That won’t be a problem for Hagans.

247 Sports recruiting guru Jerry Meyer had high praise for Hagans, saying he has the opportunity to be the best guard on Kentucky’s roster immediately, and that he would rank him higher than Duke commit Tre Jones.

247 Sports lists Jones as the No. 9 player in the class of 2018, and the No. 1 point guard overall.

So if Hagans decides to make a jump to 2018, it is incredibly likely the Cats will have the top point guard and another top-10 prospect on their hands.

Check out his highlight tape:

Let’s make it happen, Coach Cal.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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9 Comments for Kentucky in “very strong position” with Ashton Hagans, reclassification possible



  1. plumloopy
    7:30 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    I would be skeptical of a guy who should be a senior in HS, but then… Jamal Murray happened.



    • JoeMoney333
      7:49 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      … Karl Towns. Marvin Bagley. Andrew Wiggins.



    • @GoCayts
      8:17 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      He’s about a month older than Kevin Knox, I wouldn’t be worried about his age



  2. Headhurts
    8:23 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Come on down mr. Hagans, next yr shaping up AOK.



  3. Han
    8:48 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    It would super suck if he reclassifies and we return everyone so we literally don’t have a place for him.



  4. Cokely53
    8:50 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    But can he shoot….?



  5. jimmer
    8:54 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Begged for offer from UK. Got it but still hasn’t decided. (Rolling my eyes)



    • ukbradstith
      10:51 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      He does have to wait to see who is leaving. If by some chance everybody did come back, there would not be a spot or a need for him.



    • TonyMontana
      10:49 pm April 6, 2018 Permalink

      …there wouldn’t be a spot or need for him? Jerry Meyer says he’s not only the best PG in 2019 but if he were to reclassify, he would be the #1 PG in 2018… taking the spot from Duke’s Tre Jones. Yes… we could be a little crowded at guard, but if he wants to come its gonna happen.