Ashton Hagan dominating the basketball court in middle schoolby Carla Parker
It is not unusual for a younger sibling to look up to or be inspired by an older sibling, and that theory held true Ashton Hagan.
After watching his brother play in an AAU basketball tournament, Ashton decided to give the sport a try.
“I just felt like playing,” he said.
Since then, Ashton has developed into talented basketball player. The 8th Grader is a student at Clements Middle School and plays for the basketball team and played quarterback for the football team.
The 6-foot-1 guard/forward is currently dominating on the basketball court, averaging 16 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds per game. Ashton began playing basketball at the age of 6, and noticed early that he had the skills to be a good player.
“I was good at defense, passing and scoring,” he said.
He played AAU basketball for the ELW Future Stars. He said playing with the Future Stars helped him improved his ball-handling skills and basketball IQ. Ashton said he emulates his game after NBA stars Kemba Walker and Kyrie Irving.
“I like how they play the game, how they slow the game down and lead their team to a win,” he said.
His skills on the court has already caught the attention of the basketball coaches at Newton County High School, where he plans to attend next school year. Ashton said he has talked to the coaches and hope to come in and make an impact on the team as a freshman next year.
Ashton said going from middle school basketball to high school varsity basketball makes him happy.
“It makes me want to work harder,” he said.
Hard work is something his father, Marvin, preaches to him constantly.
“My thing with him is he has to keep working,” his father said. “The more you work, the better you get. He has good talent, but you have to have the work ethic with the talent. That’s what I keep stressing to him. As long as your grades are good everything else will work out. .
“Hopefully he’ll keep growing and getting better in the classroom and on the court,” his father added.
Before Ashton transitions to high school, his focus is on winning a championship for his middle school team.
“I want to bring my school back a trophy,” he said.
He is also in line to win another award: Born to Compete Player of the Year for middle school.
“It will feel good [to win]” he said.
Check out Ashton and his Clements Middle School teammates as they took on Stephenson