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Ashton Hagans Named a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Candidate

The SEC’s reigning conference Defensive Player of the Year is back, and he’s still getting better. Ashton Hagans is once again being recognized for his defensive skills, as he was just named to the watch list for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award. Hagans is one of just 15 players on the list, and the only one from the SEC.

So far this season, Hagans owns a team-high 39 steals, oftentimes drawing the assignment on the opposing team’s best offensive player. He’s averaging just over two steals per game, which ranks among the top 30 in the country. In just 55 career games, Hagans has already accumulated 100 career steals, which ranks among the top 35 in Kentucky basketball history.

Hagans has boasted double-figure scoring in 14 of 18 games, including a career-high 26-point performance in the win over Utah Valley. He’s also flirted with a triple-double on a number of occasions this season, including his recent performance against Alabama.

He’s dished out three or more assists in every game this season, and has five or more assists in 16 of the Cats’ 18 games. For the season, Hagans is averaging 7.3 assists per game, good enough for No. 8 in the country. That impressive stat also puts him ahead of Tyler Ulis’ 2015-16 school record – more on that “competition” here.

via UKAthletics

The Naismith Defensive Player of the Year will be announced in February.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

4 Comments for Ashton Hagans Named a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Candidate



  1. JASUN74
    8:03 pm January 22, 2020 Permalink

    This is such a great honor to be nominated for this award, to me it’s one of the greatest accomplishments a College Player could win. It’s shows how hard he’s worked since being here and how hard he continues to work. I’m very proud of Ashton, as I am the entire team, but that Kid has really made himself a great All Around player. Keep up the great work Ashton!!



    • nocode96
      8:25 pm January 22, 2020 Permalink

      Jasun, can I get you to start texting me motivation and positive messages every day? I really dig your outlook on UK related subject matter. Good on ya bro.



  2. JASUN74
    7:07 am January 23, 2020 Permalink

    Yes Sir!! , Nocode, from going through 30 years of misery with our Football program, (We did a few good years here and there), I’ve learned to appreciate how hard it is to have and sustain a winning team. Life is soo short my brother and we’re no doubt the luckiest fan base in the world with having the Greatest Basketball program in the country, And now a Football team that can actually win every game they play on a given night. It’s unbelievable what’s going on here right now.

    Really though, I truly do love our whole sports program and just try to stay positive. Like a lot here, I played High School Basketball, I had a couple smaller schools that wanted me to come play but decided to just go to Eastern Instead. Lol. Looking back, I really wish I would’ve kept playing and regret it all the time. Lol

    Anyway, In my opinion, there’s no fan base in the world that knows Basketball more than Kentucky fans and Football is really getting a lot more people jumping on the train. I k ow how hard these kids work and as long as they’re giving their all I’m tickled to death with them. Lol.

    I really do hope I live long enough to see Kentucky football became a National Title Contender and win a Championship! It may never happen, and that’s Ok, but like I said, as long as they give 100%, we should all be Very proud of them for representing Kentucky!! Sorry for the long post, I do get excited sometimes and can’t hardly quit. Haha.

    You have a good one my brother!! Go Cats!



  3. michaelb
    1:40 pm January 23, 2020 Permalink

    Ashtons chemistry with Nick Rich this year is amazing. 5 of those assists per game are between those 2 boys.