Freshman Hagins taking advantage of point guard opportunity

How good has freshman Josh Hagins been for UALR?

Since re-earning the starting point guard position six games ago, Hagins has averaged 11.0 points, 5.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals with only 2.2 turnovers. That’s solid.

Hagins started the first two games of the season but then came off the bench for quite a while. After UALR lost at Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 29, Hagins earned the start against Western Kentucky on Jan. 3. He only had 3 points that night but added 5 assists without a turnover. And as it turned out, freshman point guard John Gillon went down with a knee injury that game and has not played since. It forced the coaching staff to give Hagins extended minutes and he's taken advantage of the opportunity.

Since then, he’s had at least 10 points in every game. He did have five turnovers against Middle Tennessee, but he’s had no more than three in any other game.

Hagins is only shooting 31 percent from three-point range during these games, but he hit a huge three late against Western Kentucky on Saturday. And he’s making 73 percent of his two-point attempts.

And to compare his recent trend of 5.5 assists per game. Zack Graber averaged 4.1 assists in 2003-2004 and 4.4 in 2004-2005.