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Hagans Highlights: Five Great Memories From His Freshman Year

Ashton Hagans made everyone’s Tuesday when he announced he will be back at Kentucky for his sophomore season. Let’s celebrate his return with five great memories from his freshman year as UK’s point guard!


1. That time he tied UK’s single-game record for steals against UNC.

Hagans’ breakout game came in Chicago in the CBS Sports Classic, when he put the clamps on UNC star point guard Coby White as Kentucky upset the ninth-ranked Tar Heels on the big stage. Hagans played the most minutes of his career at that point and matched the school’s record for assists in a single game with eight.


2. That time he wore L’s Down shoes for the Louisville game.

He also put his L down while dribbling out the clock at the end of the game, a 13-point win for UK in Louisville.


3. That time he made Wofford’s Storm Murphy take a seat.

Hagans took Murphy’s ankles in Kentucky’s tournament win over Wofford.


4. That time he, the “traitor,” dominated Georgia in front of his friends and family.

The best game of Hagans’ young career came down in Athens, where he and the Cats pounded Georgia, the school he had originally committed to prior to Kentucky. Hagans was greeted with taunts of “traitor” from the hometown crowd prior to the game, only to respond with a career-high 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 20-point UK victory. After the game, Hagans admitted he set out to “put on a show” in front of his friends and family, only an hour from his old high school, against a group of Bulldogs that were almost his college teammates.


5. That time he was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference… as a freshman.

Hagans became the fifth Kentucky player to win the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year under John Calipari, joining Anthony Davis (2012), Nerlens Noel (2013), Willie Cauley-Stein (2015) and Tyler Ulis (2016). According to STATS, Hagans was the first major-conference freshman with three or more steals in seven or more straight games since some guy named Chris Paul did it in 10 straight games at Wake Forest in the 2003-04 season.

Here’s to many more Ashton Hagans memories to come!

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for Hagans Highlights: Five Great Memories From His Freshman Year

  1. Bigblue7982
    8:39 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Greatest was his 8 steals vs unc.

  2. Wade
    9:25 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Next yr when his confidence and iq is up he will play faster and smarter and he will have a list so long of big plays and games it won’t be funny! I Remember back when I was a kid maybe one freshman a yr was a role player and played big. We judge these kids so different in cals system! Glad he’s back with Maxey, you never know what you get in freshman! Love guys who stuck with the program a bit.

  3. RAGE
    9:25 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    I am real excited to have Ashton back for next year!!! Hagans and Maxey is a dream type of back court and could rival What we had a few seasons back… I mean Fox and Monk 2.0

    • RAGE
      9:28 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      Now we need Keldon and Tyler to come on back for another year LOL… I know Keldon is def gone but hey we could play Herro at the 3 with Hagans and Maxey…

    • RAGE
      9:52 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      Cal always talks about position less basketball and with Whitney and Brooks and these guards we should really be able to switch all screens and not be at any disadvantage… Man I wish that the season started next week!!!! Lol

  4. makebasketballplays
    10:41 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    I kind of wish he would of left. I think he is going to take away from Maxey a lot

    • JT55
      6:44 am April 10, 2019 Permalink

      Did you not watch any tournament games? Very hard to win with freshman guards in the tourney. Anyone with any clue about basketball is glad to have him back.

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:02 am April 10, 2019 Permalink

      “would of”… You seem smart.

      Please, continue.

  5. TomKat9698
    9:47 am April 10, 2019 Permalink

    Love those shoes, I’d down and the years that we won the championship.