Status: UK commitment
Point guard | 6-4 | 185
Hometown: Covington, Ga.
Currently a member of the recruiting class of 2019, there’s a good chance that Hagans — who turns 19 years old this summer — will eventually reclassify, jump to 2018 and be able to play college basketball in the 2018-19 season.
Hagans excels at getting to the basket, but he’s also an unselfish player who has developed the reputation as one of the best passers in high school basketball.
“Ashton is the type of kid that can get along with anybody,” his Adidas league coach, Chris Williams said. “Whether it’s Quade or Immanuel or whoever else is there, he’s just looking to bring what he can bring to the table and complement everybody else’s game.”
Once committed to home-state Georgia, he backed out of that pledge when it became clear that the Bulldogs would undergo a coaching change this offseason. There were plenty of suitors for his commitment after that, including new Louisville coach Chris Mack and new Memphis coach Penny Hardaway.
Hagans is expected to play this summer on the Adidas circuit while he completes his high school coursework, then reclassify and join the Wildcats before the fall semester.
Hagans averaged 20.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game this past season, earning Georgia player of the year honors as a junior. He was also the leading passer on the Adidas circuit last summer, averaging 8.3 assists per game.
“He’s really talented. What I like about him is he’s got tremendous size for the position at 6-3, pushing 6-4. He’s strong. He’s tough. He’s physical. And he’s one of the best competitors that I’ve covered. This guy competes on both ends of the floor … and takes a lot of pride in his defense. He takes matchups seriously.”
-Recruiting analyst Evan Daniels