Covington, Ga.--Although he will just be a sophomore for the 2016-17 basketball season at Newton High School, point guard Ashton Hagans is garnering attention from college coaching staffs, including the Auburn Tigers, who made him an early scholarship offer.
Considering the way the six-foot-three, 195-pound point guard performed at Coach Bruce Pearl’s most recent camp, which attracted 96 high school basketball teams from around the region, it is easy to see why Hagans is a prospect with potential.
“It has been great to have him,” said Newton High School head coach Rick Rasmussen, whose team finished 26-5 last season with Hagans contributing in a major way.
“He played at the local middle school, Clements, and was the Born to Compete Georgia Player of the Year for middle schools. He started for us all last year and had a great year for us as a freshman. We went all the way to the semi-finals and lost to the eventual state champion, Westlake.
“Ashton was a big part of that,”?the coach added, noting that Hagans averaged right at 12 points, eight assists, four steals and four rebounds per contest. “Ashton was first team All-Region and third team All-State by one publication, and he was the AAAAAA Freshman of the Year.”
At the Auburn camp Hagans showed his passing skills and when needed he was able to beat his defenders off the dribble to score or set up good looks for teammates.
“I think I am a true first (point) guard,” Hagans told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “I pass a lot, I pick and roll. I like to get the ball to my teammates.
“I am working on my long-range shot and I have my mid-range shot down now,”?he said.
The practice on his long-range shooting showed up when he hit a three-point buzzer-beater to win at game at the Auburn camp. He also was consistent on his jump shots from around the foul line.
Hagans, who plays AAU basketball for the Georgia Stars Under 15 team, said that he recently turned 16 so he won’t be surprised if he adds more size before heading into college hoops. The prospect noted it is too early for him to know where that will be as he takes in the process with no current favorites.
In addition to his offer from Coach Bruce Pearl’s Tigers, from the SEC Georgia, Florida and Tennessee have offered. Others include FSU, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest and Radford. “I like all of them,” he said.
Rasmussen has high praise for the young guard. “He is an incredible slasher,” the coach said. “He is an incredible passer. His jump shot keeps improving. He is a lot of fun to coach.”