Profile - Ashton Hagans
Newton High School, GA and Georgia Stars 2019 point guard Ashton Hagans is already gaining notice from schools around the country. Wednesday Ashton visited one of those schools and added another offer.
Ashton’s dad took him to Atlanta Wednesday to visit Georgia Tech and meet with Coach Josh Pastner and Coach Darryl LaBarrie. “Both of us loved the visit and I really like both of the coaches.” Coach Pastner let Ashton know that he would be recruiting him hard. Coach LaBarrie let Ashton know that he was anxious to coach him.
The Tech coaches pointed out to Hagans the guard tradition at Tech. “Coach Pastner said he wants me to reestablish that tradition.” Both coaches have Ashton excited about the offer. Tech will be a school that Ashton will have on his list as his recruitment moves forward. “Coach Pastner said I had a college body already (6’4”-190). I know I’ll be back on the campus many times before I sign my LOI."
In addition to talking to the coaches, Ashton also had a chance to see the basketball facilities. Hagans was impressed with the facilities and especially with McCamish Pavilion. “Their arena is just like the one the Lakers have.”
The one thing that Ashton noticed on the visit was Coach Pastner’s passion for the job. Ashton feels that he’ll bring the program back to where it once was. “I’m definitely going to watch the progress of the team each season until it’s time for me to make a decision."
The offer from Tech brings Ashton’s total to five. He has also been offered by Georgia, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, and Wake Forest. “I like having the offers from ACC schools. I think the ACC is the best conference in the country.” Right now, Ashton is leaning towards playing for an ACC school.
Ashton feels that he’ll be ready to make his college choice sometime between his junior and senior years. “I’ll probably sign during the early signing period.” Ashton knows that there is a possibility that his decision time frame could change between now and then.
When it comes time to make his decision, Ashton will be looking for a coaching staff that can make him a better player. He’ll also be looking for a school that traditionally runs their offense through the point guard. “Coach Pastner said he was targeting point guards and my name immediately came up even though I’m a 2019 recruit."
Ashton and his dad are close and he’ll be helping him with his recruitment. “He’ll be setting up my visits this summer and he’ll be the person that takes me on those visits.” His dad also pushes him in the gym and helps him with his game. “I know he’ll be my biggest fan and he’ll make sure I have all the visits I need to take.”
At this point in his basketball career, Ashton feels that he is blessed. “I've worked hard to get where I am and my mom and dad said that I not only have to keep improving as a basketball player but I also have to go beyond the minimum requirements to be academically eligible to go to college. They want me to be as good in the classroom as I am on the basketball court.”