Ashton Hagans’ time at Kentucky has come to a close, as of today. Hagans officially declared for the NBA Draft, with no intention of withdrawing his name.
Hagans gave us plenty of memories over the past two seasons, and we should all be thankful for that, regardless of how the season may have ended with Hagans. He helped UK win 56 games over the last two seasons while making the Elite Eight during his freshman season. UK was poised for another deep postseason run with Hagans running the show this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic led to the NCAA Tournament being canceled.
Let’s see how the Big Blue Nation reacted to Hagans’ announcement:
.@H23Ash is ready for this. From where he was when he got here two seasons ago to where he is now isn't even close. He's a completely different player and he's built his skills and his confidence to take that next step. https://t.co/xehUC8BFCG— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 5, 2020
GOODLUCK MY BROTHA LUV U BRO❤️ ✍ https://t.co/VkVuNXrmSE— Immanuel Quickley (@IQ_GodSon) April 5, 2020
.@H23Ash finishes his career with 629 points, 351 assists and 119 steals— Kentucky MBB Stats & Info (@UKMBBStatsInfo) April 5, 2020
Two-time @SEC All-Defensive Team
2019 SEC Defensive Co-Player of the Year
2020 @NaismithTrophy finalist
1.776 steals avg. third in school history
5.24 assist avg. fourth in school history https://t.co/xCF6USRPPW
What people need to think about w Ashton Hagans is he was not fully healthy all season. Gave his heart and soul to the team. That’s what needs to be remembered. Has size to play in NBA and is special defensively and physically but will have to prove offensive shooting in DL— Tim Stephan (@timsteph) April 5, 2020
Kentucky G Ashton Hagans declares for the NBA Draft with the intention of staying in. The sophomore saw increases in points, rebounds, assists and steals this past season.— CollegeBB News (@CollegeBBNCAA) April 5, 2020
Ashton Hagans on entering the NBA Draft: “It’s so hard for me to say goodbye to the best fans in the world, because these last two years have been some of the best of my life.”— BBNation (@BBNation15) April 5, 2020
I've been tracking draft stock of every NBA prospect since July '19. Here's how momentum for Kentucky Wildcats has shifted for:— Bryan Kalbrosky (@BryanKalbrosky) April 5, 2020
Full analysis: https://t.co/J4mMh37hs2 #BBN pic.twitter.com/oK1dNGxlw0
Your reaction to Ashton Hagans saying he's NBA-bound and will forego his final 2 years of eligibility at Kentucky?— rickbozich (@rickbozich) April 5, 2020
No big deal?
Blow for the Wildcats?
Too soon to tell?
John Calipari has it covered?
The ending of Ashton Hagans’ career at Kentucky will be one of the most bizarre finishes I can recollect in recent memory, ranked right up there with Jarred Vanderbilt. #BBN— Josh Mackey (@JMackey1981) April 5, 2020
It's a shame that Hagans' last moments on the court as a Kentucky player were for that second half against Tennessee in Rupp.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) April 5, 2020
Hagans is no question one of the best defensive guards in UK history. All-Time Kentucky Assist record would have also, likely, been broken if he stayed 4 years— . (@LilJoeBHall) April 5, 2020
.@H23Ash's 2020 highlights:— Kentucky MBB Stats & Info (@UKMBBStatsInfo) April 5, 2020
20 games in double figures
Three or more assists in every game and five or more in 22
Career-high 26 points vs. Utah Valley
Career-high-tying 12 assists vs. UAB
Much love to our guy @H23Ash. Incredible career at Kentucky. We wish him the best as he pursues his lifelong dream.— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) April 5, 2020
Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. For now, NBA bound. ✅
➡️ https://t.co/5VHaPTRSHU #LaFamilia pic.twitter.com/TqkcrFxexQ
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