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Ashton Hagans can make Kentucky Wildcats elite on defense

Ashton Hagans is the kind of bulldog on defense that UK has been lacking.

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April has been a wild month for recruiting, and it got even crazier this past weekend.

The AAU circuit tipped off in Dallas, with coaches checking out the Nike EYBL, Adidas Gauntlet, and the Under Armour Association.

One player stood out above the rest, and that was 2019 Kentucky commit Ashton Hagans. He scored 29 total points on Saturday in two games, shooting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists.

With that being said, Corey Evans of Rivals says that his offense wasn’t the most impressive thing about Ashton this weekend. It was his defense.

“Hagans again put his Game Elite squad on his back Saturday, going for a cool 29 points. While he does have to cut down on his turnovers, Hagans’ defensive mastery remains the best in high school basketball,” said Evans, adding Hagans “could help form an elite defensive unit for the Wildcats next season.”

To think that a player who looks to be well-developed on the offensive side is even better defensively makes all of BBN very excited.

Corey caught up with Ashton on Saturday to discuss his future and what his current stance is on reclassification. Here’s what he had to say:

“I am just trying to get all caught up with school and it is just a possibility that I would reclassify into 2018,” Ashton told Evans. “It is just finishing up classes right now and getting all of my credits to qualify. I would say I would know in the next few weeks, sometime by June.”

Other reports have also mentioned that Ashton’s mother isn’t too hot on the idea of Ashton skipping his senior year. I’m sure we can all understand, whatever mom says goes.

Still, there’s good reason to believe that Hagans will reclassify for next year. He’s taking the correct steps to make sure that it’s a possibility.

Whatever Ashton decides to do, we should all be excited to see him rock Kentucky blue at some point. He’s extremely talented and the hype continues to grow for his defensive game.

Here are some highlights from Hagans in action this past weekend:

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