Ashton Hagans is having a rough introduction to life in the NBA.
Today, Hagans was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He previously signed a two-way contract with the team and appeared in two games. Minnesota has two other former Kentucky Wildcats in Karl-Anthony Towns and Jarred Vanderbilt.
A 6-3 guard out of Georgia, Hagans averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game last season at Kentucky as a sophomore. He was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 and made the SEC All-Defensive Team in 2020.
Hagans played in 67 career games for Kentucky with 59 starts. With 351 career dimes, he ranks 12th in program history in assists. His 5.24 career assist average ranks fourth in school history. With 119 steals in 67 career games, Hagans averaged 1.776 steals per game for his career, ranking third all-time in program history, trailing only Rajon Rondo and Derek Anderson.
It would appear the G-League is where Hagans will spend the rest of the season if he wants to remain in the hunt for a spot on another NBA team’s roster. It’s possible another team claims him off waivers, but it’s more likely he spends the rest of his first professional season in the G-League.
Best of luck to Hagans as he begins the next step of his professional journey!