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Need to Know: Ashton Hagans

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Earlier today, Kentucky offered Ashton Hagans, a five-star point guard from Covington, Georgia. The former Georgia commit is currently in the 2019 class, but is expected to reclassify to 2018, meaning there’s a very good chance he could be a Kentucky Wildcat this fall.

Here’s what you need to know about him.

This means Shai is gone

When Shai Gilgeous-Alexander started being talked about as a potential lottery pick, we knew his days in Lexington were numbered. The fact that John Calipari just offered a guard who could potentially join next year’s team makes that all but certain. With Shai gone, Kentucky will need a guard who can go straight at the rim and that’s exactly what Hagans does.

His game is different than Quade Green’s

While Quade is best floating around the perimeter and knocking down threes, Hagans thrives in the lane. Like Shai, he excels at getting to the basket. Also like Shai, he’s an excellent defender, leading the adidas Gauntlet in steals (he also leads in assists).

“He’s a playmaker offensively who changes speeds, is tight with the ball, and has plenty of burst off the deck with leg muscles that you can literally see firing as he blows by defenders,” ESPN’s scouting report reads. “He’s an equally impressive defender who gets his head on the ball, takes the ball from opposing handlers as soon as it is unprotected, and is capable of guarding the length of the floor.”

Kentucky’s going to have a lot of guards next year, but Hagans brings something different to the table.

“He’s a dog”

The best description of Hagans comes from future Cat Keldon Johnson, who could share the court with him this fall.

“He’s a dog,” Johnson told the Herald-Leader. “He gets down and plays defense, and he’s very physical.”

Sounds exactly like the type of player John Calipari loves.

Immanuel Quickley is open to playing alongside him

How does Immanuel Quickley feel about all of this? Earlier this week, he told the Herald-Leader he would be fine playing with Hagans if Hagans came to Kentucky.

“It’s basically the business of basketball. Playing point guards together, playing guards together,” he said. “And he’s real versatile as well, so I think we can both play together.”

Get ready for another three-guard lineup.

This makes me laugh

I mean, that’s just mean.

Louisville offered him Tuesday

Chris Mack called Hagans before he was even introduced as Louisville’s new head coach. As I predicted yesterday, get ready for our first Calipari vs. Mack recruiting battle.

He wants to be a Cat

Prior to today, Hagans said an offer from Kentucky would be a “blessing.” His father told the Courier-Journal that they would “love” for Kentucky to recruit their son. In fact, Hagans Sr. said they modeled Ashton’s game after two Kentucky greats: John Wall and Rajon Rondo. The Cats currently lead his Crystal Ball with over 70% of the predictions and rising.

Come on down, Ashton.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

41 Comments for Need to Know: Ashton Hagans

    2:06 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    I want this kid BAD. LETS GO

  2. JamesWorleyIII
    2:17 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    But can he hit free throws…

  3. Underdog
    2:33 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    He’s a bigger Briscoe.

    Maybe slightly better jump shot.

    Would love to have a bigger Briscoe.

    • BlakeBlueNation
      3:36 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

      Means he will fit well at shooting guard. Place him there, Quickley at Point, Keldon at Small forward, then Pj and Jarred in the front court

    • babydangy
      5:32 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

      Blake, wrong. You put the ball in Hagans hand and let Quickley/Quade play the 2 more. They both can hit jumpers and space the floor.

    • Memphis UK Cat
      7:53 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

      TT congratulations on the promotion. You have been great with your stories and the blog.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      8:02 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you!

    • s49
      8:31 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

      More athletic too, more likely to go put someone on a poster

  4. mikeintn
    2:37 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    Come on down Ashton, love for you to be part of BBN, can’t have to many good guards.

  5. Han
    2:37 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    He may very well want to be a Cat, but we’ve also seen many recruits talk about wanting the Kentucky offer or it being a blessing and then they go somewhere else. Even some who say they grew up Kentucky fans and still don’t choose us. They like the prestige and idea of being recruited by Kentucky even if they’re going to go somewhere else.

    • IAmTheDanger
      3:14 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

      Luke Kinnard

    • Smyrna_Cat
      4:39 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

      I was just thinking this. Wanting an offer is not the same as accepting it. Hope we get him though,

  6. macattack
    2:46 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    While I agree that Shai is probably gone (as he should be), I see this more as a sign that Hami is leaving. Hagans game seems to me to be a lot like Hami’s as far as explosiveness and athleticism. I think if it was just Shai gone, Cal would be fine with Quade and Quickley starting, with Hami, Baker, and Herro as backups (or start three guards even). Adding Hagans would mean too much clutter in the backcourt with Hami returning. But, that is just my two cents on it.

  7. UKantstopus
    2:46 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    I have 2 points if I may…
    1. How in the world did this kid commit to GA to begin with 🙂
    2. I may be wrong but typically when these types of posts go up on this site, the result ends quite well for BBN… So seeing this makes me feel pretty good about the kid coming here!!

  8. nicky
    2:52 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    Tyler! Congrats on your promotion! He had better given you a raise too! 🙂

  9. Rick_S
    2:58 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    If you want an offer from Kentucky and get it…Commit

    • Smyrna_Cat
      4:40 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

      This. Do it.

    • Rembrandt
      6:14 am March 30, 2018 Permalink

      Players do not make college decisions to entertain fans.

  10. BlueSteel
    3:08 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    Remember, Shai first committed to Florida before re-thinking it and that turned out pretty well for both he and us. Could this be Re-Think 2.0!!?

  11. Underdog
    3:12 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    He’s Briscoe 2.0! But a taller and more muscular Briscoe. A helluva addition if he comes.

    Keldon Johnson loves D.
    Briscoe 2.0 (Hagans) loves D.
    Vanderbilt loves D.

    The influence of any one of these 3 would be invaluable. But all 3 could be on the court.

    If you liked Briscoe’s defense, leadership, slashing ability and playing “big”, then you’ll love Hagans.

  12. ClutchCargo
    3:16 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    I like that he’s a dog (according to KJ) who wants to be a cat.

  13. Han
    3:17 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    It’ll be funny if we end up overloaded at guard next year after having games this year where our back court would be like Shai and Brad (when Quade was injured and Hami picked up fouls).

  14. Wildcats_Fan_87
    3:19 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    Id love to see him in Lex this yr. But, why is he being called the #1 pg in 2019 class when ESPN has him ranked #18 and #3 @ position behind two other pg, #6 Cole Anthony and #10 jalen lecque?

  15. Aar
    3:25 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    Does his game look a little like DeAaron Fox’s?

    • BlakeBlueNation
      6:59 am March 30, 2018 Permalink

      No he’s more like a Briscoe. Worries about power more then speed. He’s a bit better than Briscoe though

  16. Mc12
    3:42 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    If Herro can shoot over 40 percent I prefer having a shooter at the guard spot that creates space and driving lanes for a slashing point guard. If Herro amounts to anything close to Booker I hope he gets plenty of run. According to many, his overall game has improved and he can do more than just shoot. It’s why I liked having Doron Lamb on the court because the offense had more flow to it

    • Mc12
      4:01 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

      *from 3

    • henderblue
      4:06 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

      I’m sure they’ll be plenty of competition in practice and Herro will get his opportunities

  17. gasman01
    4:16 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    If we only lose Knox, Alexander, and Diallo, we should start the year rated in the top 5. Our bench will be much deeper than this year. Foul problems was a killer.

  18. Underdog
    4:37 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    Not only will we be in the Top 5, but we will be legitimate.

    Hard to be legitimate with 5 freshmen starters. Unless you’re Duke next year and you have the top 4 players in the country coming in. RJ Barrett is special.

    But back to Hagans…check out this video:

    Notice at the end he’s got a mean streak in him. Look at #43, whom he was guarding. They’re pushing each other a little as they run down the court and our boy isn’t taking any crap.

    I’m telling you, Hagans is a taller Briscoe —> Briscoe 2.0 in essence. He’s rugged, strong, likes defense (very unusual for HS players), likes contact, has excellent handles, and can slash his way to the basket. Hope he can shoot better.

  19. Alleykat16
    4:39 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    Just seen were nelson Johnson got hurt in game against Garfield

  20. Alleykat16
    4:44 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink


  21. Headhurts
    5:47 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    This young man has got game, and that’s not hype.

    8:40 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

    ‘06 Nova 2.0 when we get Hagans. They ran 4 guards all under 6’2 180 lbs. They had a 33-5 record and was top 5 all year. Hagans/Quickley/Johnson/Washington/Vanderbilt
    Richards 11th/foul man
    Play full court press D and drop into a matchup zone or pack line D with occasional man, we good

    • jaws2
      9:49 pm March 29, 2018 Permalink

      Cal talks press EVERY year and has the talent to do it; never does. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:40 am March 30, 2018 Permalink

      That’s it. Be positive Sharky.

  23. bigbluehank
    12:41 pm March 30, 2018 Permalink

    At the end of the day, all that really matters is if he’s a one-and-done guy! I don’t see Cal giving him the full court press if he doesn’t think the guy is able to make the leap after one season and contribute to the BBNBA wall!