UK Sophomore Point Guard Ashton Hagans Declares for the NBA Draft

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UK Sophomore Point Guard Ashton Hagans Declares for the NBA Draft

Sophomore guard Ashton Hagans (0) celebrates with fans after the game against Mount Saint Mary's on Friday, November 22, 2019 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky defeated Mount Saint Mary's 82-62. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

After two seasons at Kentucky, sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans announced via Twitter this afternoon that he will be declaring for the NBA Draft.


In his press release on Twitter, Ashton Hagans expressed how much he loved the UK fanbase and wished this season’s past team could have competed for an NCAA title, but also felt it was time to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA.


“I just wanted to let you all know that even though I love Kentucky with all my heart and really wish I could have played for a ‘ship (championship), it’s time for me to live out my life-long dream and declare for the NBA Draft,” Hagans said.


After the announcement, UK Head Coach John Calipari tweeted out his support for Hagans, saying the sophomore point guard is ready to test the waters of the NBA.


“From where he was when he got here two seasons ago to where he is now isn’t even close,” Calipari said. “He’s a completely different player and he’s built his skills and his confidence to take that next step.”


Hagans finishes his two-year career having the accolades of being on the SEC All-Defensive Team both seasons, including being awarded the honor as the 2019 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year his freshman season.


Hagans also finishes third in UK history in career average steals per game (1.776) and fourth in career average assists per game (5.24).


UK Head Coach John Calipari had said after the season came to a screeching halt that he expects five players from this season’s past team to declare for the NBA Draft, and Ashton Hagans is the first to do so with more decisions to come.


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