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Ashton Hagans is a semifinalist for Naismith Defensive Player of the Year

Ashton Hagans’ defense has not gone unnoticed. The freshman point guard was just named one of ten semifinalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.

Hagans is one of only three freshmen on the list, along with Duke’s Tre Jones and Zion Williamson. Right now, he’s averaging 2.0 steals per game, which ranks second in the SEC and fifth nationally among all freshmen. He tied a school record with eight steals in the North Carolina game, and had at least three steals in the next six, the only major-conference freshman to do so since Wake Forest’s Chris Paul in the 2003-2004 season. With 53 steals so far this season, he could still break Rajon Rondo’s single-season record of 87 back in 2004-2005.

Hagans has been the catalyst to Kentucky’s improvement on defense. According to UK, over the last 13 games, which include four wins over AP Top 25 opponents, the Cats have limited opponents to 60.7 points per game, 38.5 percent from the floor and 31.6 from behind the arc. That’s good.


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3 Comments for Ashton Hagans is a semifinalist for Naismith Defensive Player of the Year

  1. krautdog
    1:19 pm February 21, 2019 Permalink

    Where’s TJ?

  2. 4everUKblue
    2:19 pm February 21, 2019 Permalink

    Zion will probably win because his shoe blew out.

    • JASUN74
      7:02 pm February 21, 2019 Permalink

      Lol. That’s funny. Lol. Anyway I hear you brother. The love for him is LeBronesq! He is a hell of a play and if I’m being honest, I’ve wondered about how we would look with him on the team. Id say we we be undefeated right now and blowing team out. Lol. It was close! Anyway I hope he’s ok because he really is a fun player to watch and he makes all the difference for his team. With or without him though, I think the Cats end up cutting the Nets down this year. Wooohooo. Couldn’t have said that two months ago. Wow. Man I love this team and it could be my favorite of all time if we keep playing like this. I thought yesterday about last year vs this year and I believe we would beat them by 25 points. Lol. Shay was though though but Hagans has the length to hold him pretty well. Hagans is going to be a great NBA POINT GUARD one day. He’s soo young and got the whole package.