Just one day after his impressive performance against the No. 1 team in the nation, Kentucky’s Ashton Hagans has been tabbed to another prestigious award’s watch list. This time, the sophomore guard made the cut for the Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award Watch List. Nationally, 40 players were placed on the watch list; Hagans is one of just four SEC contenders.
Hagans’ defense and leadership helped Kentucky surge to a win over Michigan State Tuesday night. The guard recorded 11 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal in his sophomore debut.
Although impressive, this award is far from Hagans’ first. He was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year last season (alongside LSU’s Tremont Waters). This year, Hagans has already appeared on the Citizen Naismith Trophy watch list, the preseason All-Southeastern Conference Teams and the Wooden Preseason Top 50.
The Lute Olson Award is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who coached for the University of Arizona’s men’s basketball team for 25 years. The winner of this year’s award will be announced in Atlanta – the site of the 2020 Final Four – in April.