adidas: Ashton Hagans makes his move, excels in Gauntlet

EMERSON, Ga. -- Arguably the most impressive player of the weekend at the adidas Gauntlet Atlanta series was 2019 point guard Ashton Hagans, as he excelled in match ups against elite 2018 guards.

2019 five-star recruit Ashton Hagans is making a statement with his play in the adidas Gauntlet series

Hagans, a 6-foot-3, strongly built point guard prospect, has led Game Elite 2019 to a 7-1 record, tied for the fifth best record is the league, by averaging 12.4 points, 8.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds a game.

“I think I’ve been playing well, getting my team involved,” Hagans told Scout. “That’s my number one goal. That’s what’s on top of my list, trying to get my players ready and making them look better.”

While Hagans is the catalyst, the future Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill guard has help with Christian Brown and Josh Nickelberry playing alongside him on each wing.

“It’s great,” he said of the weapons at his disposal. “A lot of my guys are explosive and can finish.”

Already regarded as the No. 19 overall prospect, Hagans’ play over the past two weekends has raised eyebrows. And it stems beyond his statistical success.

In the Atlanta series, Hagans showed his competitive nature, taking match ups with elite 2018 recruits Immanuel Quickley and Romeo Langford to heart. Hagans opted to guard each and didn’t back down on either end of the floor.

Perhaps what stood out the most was his ability to distribute the ball and run his team. Hagan’s 8.0 assists a game average is 2.4 assists more than Kennedy Milton, who sits at No. 2 on the adidas Gauntlet assists list.

“Kid is just an all around team player,” Geam Elite 2019 coach Chris Williams told Scout. “He thrives on making his teammates better and playing for the next guy. His unselfishness is a gift and a curse, but that comes with the court vision he has which is on a totally different level.”

Hagans is aggressive with the ball and certainly looks to attack the rim. His strength and toughness allows him to score through contact at the rim.

“You’ll see me happy, getting my team involved and calling pick and role every play because I know I nobody can stop me in pick and rolls every time I come off them,” Hagans said when asked to describe his game.

Heading into the spring, Hagans was regarded as the No. 4 point guard in the 2019 class and he’s certainly made the case that he needs to be higher, both on the position list and nationally.

With that said, Hagans isn’t without faults. He cited his three-point shot as an area he’s looking to improve and he’s just 1-for-5 from three through eight league games. The other area is turnovers. As good of a passer as he is, he has a tendency to get careless with the ball, which is evident by his 6.4 turnovers a game.

Prior to the April evaluation periods, Hagans was already an established name among college coaches, but his strong performances have only increased interest.

“It’s great,” he said of his recruitment.

North CarolinaKentuckyLouisvilleAuburnGeorgiaGeorgia StateFloridaFlorida StateMississippi State and Wichita State are among the schools tracking him closely, according to Hagans.

Thus far, Hagans has taken unofficial visits to Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Kentucky.

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