The Kentucky Wildcats have struck on the recruiting trail in each of the last two days.
On Monday, the Wildcats scored a commitment from 5-star power forward E.J. Montgomery. Then, on Tuesday, they received great news again. Ashton Hagans, who was previously committed to the Georgia Bulldogs, elected to play for John Calipari and the ‘Cats. The news was first reported by 247Sports’ Evan Daniels.
Five-star guard Ashton Hagans just verbally committed to Kentucky, he tells @247Sports | Story: https://t.co/0UjADz2rUK pic.twitter.com/d99CCoghMB— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 10, 2018
Ashton Hagans hails from Covington, Georgia, where he attends Newton High School. He’s currently part of the Class of 2019, but the expectation is that he will reclassify and enroll in the Class of 2018, instead. As of now, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound point guard ranks eighth in the nation in 2019 and first at his position and in the Peach State.
Prior to committing to UK, Hagans was a Georgia commit. He decommitted back on February 26, a few weeks before Mark Fox departed. Tom Crean’s eventual entry to Athens evidently did not sway him back to UGA, however. Among those who pursued him after his decommitment from Georgia were the Marquette Golden Eagles, N.C. State Wolfpack, Georgetown Hoyas, Maryland Terrapins and Providence Friars. The Memphis Tigers also went after Hagans, as well as the Louisville Cardinals and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Assuming they get Hagans in tow for 2018, he will play alongside the highly touted Immanuel Quickley next season. Quickley is one of the top point guards in the Class of 2018, so John Calipari will then boast quite the talented backcourt. Especially when you consider that five-star Keldon Johnson and four-star Tyler Herro are coming down the pipe, as well.