By LARRY VAUGHT
Rivals.com basketball recruiting writer Krysten Peek believes that Georgia five-star guard Ashton Hagans has one quality Kentucky fans are going to really like.
“One thing that definitely stands out to me is Ashton doesn’t take games off. He plays hard all the time and kind of reminds me of (Alabama point guard) Collin Sexton that way,” Peek said. “He just loves the game and wants to win every time he steps on the court.
“Sometimes at this level you see players who know they’re talented and know they can be the best player on the court but they choose to take plays off or even full games off sometimes. That drives me crazy.”
Kentucky signee Keldon Johnson has a similar no-nonsense approach that could work well with Hagans if he is able to re-classify from the 2019 to 2018 recruiting class as he hopes.
Kentucky could return sophomore point guard Quade Green to go with signees Immanuel Quickley, a point guard, and Tyler Herro, a two guard. Redshirt freshman Jemarl Baker, a shooting guard who had a knee injury last season, is also expected back.
While there has been some speculation that Green might transfer, Peek believes Calipari could make the crowded backcourt work.
“Kentucky now has too much talent in the backcourt and that is a great problem to have. Finding the right duo for the job and getting the chemistry right will be the biggest challenge next year,” Peek said.
“Ashton is one of the most aggressive defenders I’ve ever seen play the game and he’s super explosive on offense. He has a tight handle like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander but will still need some developing at the next level. I think Quickley and Quade can player either the one of two but Ashton is a pure point guard.”