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College Coaches Share their Thoughts on Kentucky’s Draft Prospects

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The Athletic published a piece Wednesday with some interesting views from college basketball coaches that faced Kentucky last season.

Sam Vecenie interviewed the coaches and posted their thoughts as anonymous, so we don’t know the identity of the coaches. Vecenie said in a tweet that 90-percent of the coaches he interviews for these stories are assistant coaches because they’re the guys scouting teams and players.

The players discussed are Tyrese Maxey, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery, and Ashton Hagans. Hagans was the player that coaches were the most negative about, including one coach calling him “trash” (as a player).

Coach Seven had this to say about Hagans.

“Don’t even get me started on Hagans. I think he’s trash (as a player). I just don’t think he’s very good. I think he thinks he’s a lot better than what he is. Defensively, everyone talks about him. And on film, he for sure disrupts. He has quick hands, he’s strong, he fights through dribble hand-offs, he puts a body on you. But like, it’s kind of overstated. I think he’s a selfish defender. He wants deflections and steals. And that has nothing to do with being a good defensive player. I think he’s a selfish defensive player.

“And offensively, he’s limited. I didn’t see that much athleticism and speed. We were begging him to shoot. I don’t know if he’s going to make it. What does he do? What does he do well? He got in trouble with turnovers this year. He was turning that thing over like crazy. He did not scare me at all. Preparing for them, he was the least of my worries. I think Saben Lee at Vanderbilt is way better than Ashton Hagans.”

Vecenie shared some thoughts from coaches on his Twitter account, but you will need to subscribe to The Athletic to read the full story.

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