Kentucky coach John Calipari keeps reeling them in as Ashton Hagans commits to the Wildcats.

The 6’3” guard, initially a 2019 prospect, intended to join his native Georgia squad the season after next.

However, in recent months, rumblings began of a possible de-commitment plus a reclassification to the 2018 class.

After reneging on the Bulldogs, and despite no offer from Calipari, Kentucky catapulted from unlikelihood to favorites in landing his services. Upon receiving a scholarship offer in recent weeks, the path to the bluegrass became clearer.

Now, the Kentucky Wildcats have another thoroughbred while Coach Cal has a new, shiny toy to play with.

Hagans can play either guard position but is best at the point guard position. He is effective with the ball in his hands, where he can set up teammates or create for himself. His playmaking ability has been proven to this point through tournament and AAU play, where he has been an assists leader throughout. As with most kids his age, the biggest question marks surround his shooting and decision making. Giving Kentucky’s coaches the summer/fall to work with him and surrounding him with better talent should iron out some issues, though.

In any case, UK just obtained more talent (and a higher ceiling).

Completing his journey from Covington, Ga. to Lexington, Ky. has been a fortuitous whirlwind for Big Blue Nation, who have seen E.J. Montgomery recently added to a 2018 class already including Keldon Johnson, Immanuel Quickley, and Tyler Herro.

It goes to show that you should never count out Coach Cal when it comes to recruiting.

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