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.
— The Game Elite 2019 (@CoachCBWilliams) January 28, 2018
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.