After testing the NBA waters following his freshman season, Hagans returned to Kentucky and averaged 11.5 points per game for another Wildcats team loaded with young talent.
Despite being a sophomore, he played a veteran floor general role for the Wildcats, leading the team in assists at 6.4 a game. He also led the team with nearly two steals a game.
He played alongside fellow prospects and guards Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley and scoring forward Nick Richards, which could have limited his ability to showcase a more rounded offensive game.
As it stands, in his second season, Hagans proved to be one of the better defending guards in college basketball, even snaring almost four rebounds a game, and he showed an improved ability to get other players involved.
Offensively, he’s a downhill guard and can get to the rim but his shooting needs improvement. He shot only 25.8 percent from the 3-point line his sophomore year, down from 27.5 percent his freshman year. Overall, his shooting percentage dropped to 40.4 percent from 46.7 percent the year before.
Hagans can make his name as a fantastic on-the-ball defender at the guard position. He’s 6-feet-3 and nearly 200 pounds so he can body point guards with length and muscle.
Despite averaging 3.4 turnovers a game, he’s a good passer, but a really good scorer off the dribble. Hagans can be a good guard in transition and play tough defense for minutes in the NBA.
Late second round
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