Ashton Hagans to Return to Newton High; Leave Oak Hill Academy

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Five-star 2019 point guard Ashton Hagans — who had originally announced he was transferring to perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (VA) — has decided to return to Newton High (GA) for his junior year. Hagans father Marvin Hagans confirmed to D1Vision what was first reported by The Covington News.

Hagans led the adidas Gauntlet Summer Circuit in assists with 8.3 and steals with 3.0 while averaging 14.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 28.5 minutes of play per outing.

The versatile Hagans currently holds over 25 offers. Kansas, UNC, NC State, Baylor, Miami, UConn, Florida and USC are just a few of the programs courting the five-star.

Despite the loss of Hagans, Oak Hill will still be a formidable force to reckon with for the 2017-18 high school season. Oak Hill is expected to add 2018 four-star Will Richardson and five-star Keldon Johnson along with 2019 four-star Josh Nickelberry. The Warriors lost Lindell Wigginton, Matt ColemanTy-Shon AlexanderBilly Preston and Devontae Shuler. 

Johnson — who played for Huntington Prep (WV) last season — averaged 20.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 23 games. Johnson averaged 19.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.3 steals on the Nike EYBL circuit. According to 247Sports, he is ranked as the No. 2 shooting guard in the 2018 class.

Nickelberry, who played for Trinity Christian last season, averaged 21.7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists in 6 games. Ranked by 247Sports as the No. 45 overall player in the 2019 class, Nickelberry already has a plethora of offers. North Carolina, Louisville, Auburn, Baylor, UConn, Florida State, Georgetown, Maryland, and UNLV are just a few.

Even with incoming transfers, Oak Hill still has plenty of senior leadership in returning big men David McCormack and Kenny Nwuba. Both played significant minutes last year for the Warriors and should see their usage increase in their final year.

With the decision to stay home, Oak Hill’s loss will be Newton High’s gain. Expect the Warriors to once again be a national powerhouse and Newton High to jump back into the talk as a potential state contender.


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