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Andy Katz has Ashton Hagans as one of “11 rising stars to watch” next season

Ashton Hagans (Vicky Graff Photo)


Andy Katz, one of the nation’s most respected college basketball writers, recently picked his “11 rising stars to watch” for the 2019-20 season for

The only Southeastern Conference player on the list is Kentucky sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans, who opted not to put his name into the NBA draft even for evaluation purposes. He was a starter most of the season for Kentucky coach John Calipari but Katz is expecting even more from Hagans next season.

Here’s what Katz wrote about Hagans:

“Hagans’ announcement that he will return to Kentucky locks in an experienced lead guard for the Wildcats. Kentucky needed a player at the point who can shepherd along another high-level recruiting class.

“Hagans took over the position and excelled. He had close to a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio and will be counted on by John Calipari to be a leader.

“His standout game came against Kansas when he scored a dozen points and dished out eight assists. He handed out 12 assists and scored 10 points in a four-point SEC Tournament semifinal loss to Tennessee. Hagans hasn’t shied away from the big moment. He’ll have plenty of those next season.”


  1. I agree that Ashton will have a much better year! He knows what to work on to improve his game. R.J. Hampton will push his game to a new level or ride the bench. With the right additions, next years team will be very strong! This could be Cal’s best team at Kentucky. Hampton will choose Kentucky because he is not afraid of competition, because he can beat them all. Tyrese Maxey and R J Hampton will be the most dynamic back court in KY history. Ashton better bring his a game next year.

  2. I’m glad that Ashton is getting the publicity, however these “talking heads” know less than average Kentucky fans. However I do agree that Ashton really ups his game this coming year, and he, along with Maxey, and Quickley give us one of the strongest defensive backcourts in college basketball. I don’t think we’ll get Hampton, however Juzang and Allen sure would look sweet up against zone oriented teams. I don’t know if my, “purely speculations” are accurate, however, this is the fun part of what makes Kentucky basketball so enjoyable-it’s year around with no drop off, wow!

    1. I agree with “hope for best”.
      I really enjoy the recruiting wars between the Blue Blood schools.

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