By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky didn’t need long to add a point guard after freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander announced Monday night he was leaving for the NBA.
Five-star junior point guard Ashton Hagans of Georgia told Evan Daniels of 247Sports Today that he had verbally committed to UK. For weeks he had made it known UK was his “dream school” and Kentucky coaches made an in-home visit last week after offering him a scholarship March 29.
He originally had verbally committed to Georgia but opened his recruitment again in late February and schools such as Louisville, Arizona State, Florida State, Auburn and Georgetown were involved along with Kentucky. New Georgia coach Tom Crean also tried to get involved with Hagans.
The 6-3 Hagans has been working to reclassify to the 2018 recruiting class. If he does, he would join Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Immanuel Quickley and E.J. Montgomery in another powerhouse UK recruiting class. If not, he would be UK’s second verbal commit for 2019 to go with D.J. Jeffries.
Hagans is a consensus top 10 prospect in the 2019 rankings.