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0 Ashton Hagans

Name
Ashton Hagans
Position
Guard
Class
SO
Hometown (Last School)
Cartersville, GA (Newton)
Ht
6'3"
Wt
198
Seasons
2018-19, 2019-20
Birthday
July 8, 1999

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2019-20

Sophomore: Declared for 2020 NBA Draft following the season … Embraced floor general and team leadership roles while continuing to be one of the nation’s top defenders in 2019-20 … Improved in a number of major offensive areas, averaging career highs in points (11.5 per game) and assists (6.4 per game) … Also upped his rebounding average (3.9 per game) and his steals numbers (1.9 per game) … Started 29 of 30 games he played in … Named to the Southeastern Conference All-Defensive Team for the second season in a row … One of four Naismith Defensive Player of the Year finalists … His 6.37 assist average ranks fourth in single-season school history … Finished the season ranked 16th nationally in assists per game and first in the SEC … Ranked third in the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.85) … Posted at least three assists in every game he played and five or more in all but seven games played … Led the team with 191 assists and paced the Wildcats in assists in all but five games … Led the team with 58 steals and posted a team high in steals in 20 games … Boasted double-figure scoring in 20 games … Had a streak of 10 games with six or more assists midway through the season, the best run by a Wildcat since Roger Harden dished six or more in 12 straight in 1986 … Did not play in the season finale at Florida due to personal reasons … Made two 3-pointers en route to 11 points in the victory at LSU … Flirted with a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to ignite a comeback win at Vanderbilt … Came up with two key defensive plays late in the win at No. 18/18 Texas Tech, including swiping the ball away on the Red Raiders’ final attempt to tie the game … Scored 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting  to go along with nine assists and a season-high-tying four steals at home vs. Georgia …  Made two 3-pointers en route to 13 points, plus six assists, in the come-from-behind victory at Arkansas … Nearly posted a triple-double with 15 points, nine assists and nine rebounds in the win vs. Alabama … Tied a season high with four steals in the win at Georgia, adding 13 points as well … Had his fingerprints all over the Georgia Tech game with 21 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, going 8 for 10 from the floor while making two 3-pointers … Notched a double-double in the win vs. Fairleigh Dickinson with 11 points and 11 assists … Dished out a career-high 12 assists vs. UAB, just missing a double-double with nine points … Made a career-high three 3-pointers en route to 15 vs. Lamar … Posted 16 points, seven assists and seven rebounds against Mount St. Mary’s … Scored a career-high 26 points to go along with six assists vs. Utah Valley … Made 7 of 14 shots and all 12 free throws in the rout of Utah Valley … Played a key defensive role in slowing down preseason national player of the year candidate Cassius Winston in the victory over No. 1/1 Michigan State to start the season.

2018-19

Freshman: Strong freshman season that included a number of accolades … Named the Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year alongside LSU’s Tremont Waters … Also tabbed to the league’s SEC All-Defensive Team … Selected for the Athletic’s All-Glue Team … Made the CollegeInsider.com Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team … Also tabbed to the CollegeInsider.com Lefty Drisell Defensive All-America Team … Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year semifinalist … Two-time SEC Freshman of the Week winner … Totaled 284 points, 160 assists, 96 rebounds and 61 steals in his freshman campaign … Led UK in assists, steals, games led in assists (26) and games led in steals (17) … Developed into UK’s best on-ball defender … Started 30 of 37 games, including the final 29 … Tied Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for the third-most steals by a freshman in school history … Dished out the fifth-most assists by a freshman in school history … Had 29 games with three or most assists … Recorded 10 games with three or more steals … Scored in double figures in 13 games … Made nine 3-pointers over his final 12 games after making five in the prior 25 … Scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in the season finale vs. Auburn … Totaled 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in the NCAA Tournament second-round win over No. 19/19 Wofford … Posted a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 12 assists in the SEC Tournament semifinal game vs.  No. 8/8 Tennessee … The 12 assists tied for the most in SEC Tournament history … Scored 14 points in the regular-season finale vs. Florida … Recorded 10 points in the road win at Ole Miss … Notched 14 points thanks to two 3-pointers with five assists in the home victory against Auburn … Made a career-high two 3-pointers en route to 12 points at Missouri … Posted nine points and seven assists in the win over top-ranked Tennessee … Flirted with a double-double with eight points and nine assists at Mississippi State … Dished out six or more assists in four straight games from Jan. 19 to Jan. 29 … All-around solid game with seven points, eight assists and six rebounds at Vanderbilt … Played a key role in the home victory vs. No. 9/10 Kansas with 12 points, eight assists and three steals … Nine assists in the home win vs. No. 22/22 Mississippi State … First player in school history with at least three steals in seven straight games (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19), the longest such streak by a major-conference freshman since Chris Paul had a stretch of 10 straight games with three or more steals in 2003-04 … Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds to go along with six points and three steals at No. 14/12 Auburn … Enjoyed a career day in his return home to Georgia with a career-high 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals … Scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting in addition to four assists and three steals at home against Vanderbilt … Thanks to a career-high 10 free throws, scored 18 points to go along with five assists and five steals vs. Texas A&M … Recorded 12 points and six assists at Alabama … Recorded his first career game in double figures with 11 points at Louisville … Broke through vs. No. 9/10 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic with a career-high eight steals, seven points, four rebounds and three assists … The eight steals vs. UNC tied the school record previously set by Rajon Rondo and Wayne Turner … Totaled eight points and four assists vs. Seton Hall … Made his first career start vs. Duke.

Bahamas: Defensive stalwart for UK in four wins in foreign tour … Averaged 5.0 points, 4.3 boards, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game … Had two or more steals in three of the four games … Shot 53.3 percent from the field … Had a seven points, three assists and a pair of steals vs. Team Toronto.

HIGH SCHOOL

Forewent his final year of high school eligibility and enrolled at UK a year early … Swept the major awards in the state of Georgia, winning both the Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year and the Mr. Georgia Basketball honor … Averaged 20.2 points, 10.7 assists, 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals while leading Newton to the 7A state semifinals … Rated as the No. 12 overall player in the final Rivals rankings and No. 13 by 247 Sports … ESPN ranked him No. 20 overall … Consensus top three point guard in class of 2018 … Led his AAU team, Game Elite, in assists … Helped lead Newton to two regional championships.

PERSONAL

Born July 8 in Cartersville, Georgia … Major is community and leadership development … Parents are Monica Wheeler and Marvin Hagans … Has four siblings, India, Byron, Amoir and Imani… Cousin of former NFL and Auburn running back Ronnie Brown and former NBA player and All-SEC First Team selection at Georgia Trey Thompkins … Also participated in football and baseball … Won football little league state championship as a kid … Favorite activity away from the court is spending time with his family … Chose Kentucky because of its great coaching staff and he aspires to continue to improve as a player.

On This Day In UK Basketball History

On February 26, 1949, Cliff Barker hit a shot against Vanderbilt from 63 feet, 7 inches to record the longest field goal ever made by a Kentucky player.  The previous record of 53 feet , 9 inches was set by Ralph Beard.

 

On February 26, 1991, Kentucky beat the Crimson Tide to win its 200th game in Rupp Arena and became one of two schools (along with North Carolina) to win 1,500 basketball games.

 

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