Mark Fox’s quest to find an elite Point Guard did not end when Will Richardson chose Oregon.
Ballyhooed 2019 Point Guard Ashton Hagans from Covington, Georgia has been a top target of the UGA Coaching Staff and it has intensified after Fall Signing Week. Hagans is a 6’4″ 190 pound Point Guard who is considered one of the best Point Guards in the Class of 2019, but it is of course subject to change as evaluations are raw and rankings/star ratings are not exactly accurate. If there is a breakdown published on Hagans, it will come out AFTER AAU action this Summer, he’s still a Junior in High School. Kids grow, develop and change quickly – keep this in mind. Hagans could develop new skills or become 6’8″ by the time he is in Athens, there’s no way to know this early.
Hagans was said to have had a great time at the Georgia Tech game on Tuesday. There are rumors floating that a commitment could be coming by New Year’s Eve. Keep an eye on Twitter and Instagram because Hagans could just join the #Product19 Class before a Peach, Ball, Disco Ball, Orange or Moon Pie drop (Mobile has the weirdest New Year’s celebration, it’s to be experienced once in a person’s life).
Nicknaming a recruiting class based on an obscure cereal that was discontinued by Kellogg’s works, right?
What if the rumors are true and Hagans commits to Georgia? What does it mean for the Class of 2018?
It means Mark Fox and his staff can go down one of three roads as far as position is concerned:
- Get a Point Guard
- Get a Shooting Guard
- Try to land Khavon Moore or E.J. Montgomery. It does seem like the Khavon Moore train is not coming to Athens (Norman is likely where he is headed and it is possible Gainesville could be an alternative), but E.J. Montgomery would be worth consideration since things are more wide open with his recruitment. Montgomery would fit in well at Georgia, he’s left-handed.
If Fox pursues a Point Guard, he’ll likely be dipping into the graduate transfer rental market. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Ehab Amin is a very possible graduate transfer possibility and he’ll get a lot of attention. Amin is out for this season with a hip injury and he is one of the best defensive players in the country. Amin becoming a graduate transfer may be too hard for Mark Fox to resist given his gaudy defensive statistics, but it remains to be seen if Amin opts to go down this route.
Most of this audience would not be able to resist a Point Guard who averaged 3.4 steals per game in the 2016-17 Season and had 6.6 rebounds per game. In conference play, he was always a better shooter because he was not defended as well in the Southland Conference.
If Fox pursues a Shooting Guard, he’ll be pursuing a recruit who is blowing up during a Senior Year, a JUCO or possibly a graduate transfer.