Despite a rocky ending to his sophomore season, Ashton Hagans still has a chance to earn one of college basketball’s highest honors.
Monday, the Kentucky Wildcats point guard was named one of four finalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.
As a sophomore, Hagans averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals. Throughout the season, he continued to earn his reputation as one of the games’ best on-ball defenders and as a player who can pick anyone’s pocket at any given moment.
If he were to win the award, Hagans would add a second high defensive honor, as in 2019, he was named SEC Co-defensive player of the year.
The winner of the award will be announced April 1 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club and be honored at a ceremony at a later date.