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Ashton Hagans announces he will return to Kentucky

Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans has announced he will return for a sophomore season.

The 6-foot-3 guard out of Cartersville, GA made the announcement this afternoon on Instagram.

“I’m back like I forgot my keys! #yearTwo” Hagans said.

 

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I’m back like I forgot my keys! #yearTwo?

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As a freshman, Hagans averaged 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He finished in double figures 13 times this season, including a stretch of five consecutive outings with 11 or more points from December 29 (Louisville) through January 15 (Georgia).

Hagans has already proven he can be a superstar on defense, and with another season to work on his jump shot and cut back on turnovers, he could become something pretty special under John Calipari in 2019-20.

Let’s run this thing back.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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43 Comments for Ashton Hagans announces he will return to Kentucky



  1. gasman01
    6:17 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Smart young man.



  2. Catcasey1
    6:17 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Hope he works on his shot



    • IndianaSucks
      6:37 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      He’ll probably just sit on the couch all summer and eat cheetos. That’s clearly how he achieved all his talent up to this point.



    • StillBP
      6:39 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      Seriously, two comments in and someone has to be a jerk. Can’t you just be glad he’s back? You’re probably one who complains about one and dones too.



    • JusSayin
      7:00 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      He’s a decent free throw shooter which lends itself well to becoming a better shooter.

      PJ Improved his jumper dramatically. Ashton can do the same



  3. BallDontLie
    6:18 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Oh hell yes



  4. Bigblue7982
    6:19 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Smart decision!



  5. Cokely53
    6:19 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Not surprised he came back. Good decision. I am however surprised he didn’t go through the process just for info.



  6. dfleming
    6:19 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Excellent news!



  7. satcheluk
    6:20 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Great decision! He showed flashes of defensive brilliance, but was woefully inconsistent. I expect we will see a big jump with him. If he can develop a jumper over the summer, that’ll bode well for him and the team.



  8. Dowser
    6:20 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    I dp believe he could be a different player next year. He has good size to be so quick. Just gotta work hard!



  9. Cincy Cayt
    6:20 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Great! Looking forward to seeing his growth next season. Sky is the limit.



  10. tbolin50
    6:21 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Hell yeah!!!!



  11. JoeMoney333
    6:22 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    If Herro came back that’d be great. March is a guards game and we’d have a great 3 guard lineup all year.



  12. jakew60
    6:23 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    I honestly think this is very good, opportunity for two very defensive quick slashing guards between him, Maxey, and quickleY. However, I do hope he improves his shooting and ball handling skills. This is great for the BBN!!!



  13. UKBigBlueForever
    6:24 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Smart man. Wonder why he doesn’t go get evaluated though since there is no harm in doing so… See you for year #2



    • catdaddyd
      7:02 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      I think you can only do that once. He’s not on any draft boards, maybe he’ll try it next year.



  14. ZRZynda
    6:24 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    ??????



  15. TheAssman
    6:30 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    We are definitely going to be guard heavy next year….just hope we don’t see a Jemarl Baker or Quickly transfer in the near future.



    • RAGE
      9:46 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      I think we can play Baker at the 3 some next season in 3 guard lineups.. I really hope neither of them transfer cause they both will be really good players for us next year IMO… You can’t never have to many good guards!!! CAL can balance the minutes



  16. 1UKFAN6
    6:31 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Yes sir. Now let’s just get Tyler back in that blue and white



  17. cking
    6:32 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Smart move by Hagans!

    They can play two guards…&
    Quick can play just like last season at the two with baker…or switch to the lead.

    Maxey will score!!

    If Kyle Guy or Jerome isn’t getting drafted the Herro shouldn’t either..just saying.



    • ibescootch
      6:58 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      Totally agree. I can’t say that Tyler is better than those two, but you’ve got to think them going a little further in the tourney will help their stock just from exposure. And, a few more opportunities for them to prove themselves. Still, I think they’re all similar offensively.



  18. ScottGreene22
    6:50 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Play 3 guards next season glad he is coming back he was dominate in the Carolina game



  19. CatfaninCinci
    6:56 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Quick someone… What would be BigOlSlaterMedic’s response to this?



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:49 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      We’ll turn the ball over on every play and the plays we don’t we’ll shoot 15% from the floor….at least he can hit free throws unlike PJ.
      Was that sad basement dwelling pissy little b!$#& who gets spanked by his momma while not wearing bottems enough?



    • CatfaninCinci
      7:55 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      #NailedIt



  20. UKantholdme
    7:00 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    If herro does the same ….. next season we are doin this
    …. even without herro we have hope …. but with him .. lock it up



    • mashburnfan1
      8:55 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      not a lock. If Herro is back love our experience but the FR will have to have 1 be great or 2 be very good. This season we had the great experience but the FR did not deliver. I know everyone says how great they are, people say that every year, but we need to see how great they are at this level before rating them. We get the right mix back {is starting to take shape} and a couple of those FR are as good as advertised I will like our chances as well.



  21. ukcamel
    7:00 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    This is both the right decision for him and great for us, so naturally BigOlBlew will be upset.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:51 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      Bigoblewballs is still yanking it to Tre replays after he found out he’s returning.



  22. catdaddyd
    7:03 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah???



  23. rcope58
    7:07 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Awesome! It will be great to see what the potential that Ashton has to develop before our eyes over the course of the following months! Go Big Blue!



  24. catsarerunnin
    7:14 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome back young man.



  25. maximumscott
    7:34 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Maxey, Hagans, Quickley… dont think we get RJ Hampton. He going to Puke with Tre Jones. However, if Herro comes back. Dear GAWD



  26. cats646
    7:40 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Yes!!!! This is huge! He will grow into a great player next year.



  27. BigJohnC
    7:49 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Yes sir let’s go!!!!



  28. livingood4UK
    7:51 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Does anyone here think Keldon will return?



  29. dctawk
    8:34 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    A proper decision for a fine young man. For HIS future. The team will merely benefit more from it. He is just now the age most guys are when they come to UK. Young doesn’t cover it. GBB



  30. Kat4Life
    9:23 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Really smart choice on his part. He was stagnant the last 2 months of the season. Lots of upside if he devotes himself



  31. Ridge Runner
    2:01 am April 10, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome back Ashton!!