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Hagans physically ready to play

BY LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky commit Ashton Hagans has the size and physicality to play at Kentucky next year if the Georgia guard decides to reclassify to the 2018 recruiting class.

Rivals.com writer Dan McDonald (@DMcDonaldRivals on Twitter) said Hagans is “definitely” ready physically if he does reclassify as expected.

“He’s definitely an elite defender. He’s really quick laterally and he’s scrappy and tough,” McDonald said. “He takes pride in locking down the other team’s primary ball handler, but I’ve also seen him switch off to a wing if it’s a player that’s giving his team problems. He’s a versatile defender because of his size.”

Hagans was originally a Georgia verbal commit before coach Mark Fox got fired and he re-opened his recruitment. It didn’t take long for Hagans — who said he watched John Wall and Isaiah Briscoe play at Kentucky — to say yes to Calipari.

“He’s just such a good passer and such an unselfish player. He’s looking to generate offense for his teammates before he takes care of himself,” McDonald said. “And just as important, he has a weird ability to see plays develop before they actually happen.

“There isn’t really one thing he’s done lately to impress me more. He just continues to get better all the time and every team he’s on wins at a high level in large part because of him.”


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