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Ashton Hagans on his “amazing” first game as a Wildcat

Ashton Hagans only finished with six points last night, but said he couldn’t have asked for more in his first game as a Kentucky Wildcat.

My first game was amazing,” he told KSR. “I tried to come off the bench and bring the intensity on defense and play as hard as I can. Coach told me, if I just play my game, it will all come through in each way, on offense and defense, so I was just trying to play my game.”

When the Bahamas National Team cut Kentucky’s lead to two towards the end of the first half, Hagans checked in and flipped the script, stealing the ball and scoring on a nifty layup and cleaning up his own miss on the boards to score again moments later. As Tyler Herro said, Hagans is already a difference maker on the court, which is especially impressive when you consider that a few months ago, he was only a junior in high school.

“Everything,” Herro said of what Hagans brings to the team. “You saw when they started to go on their little run, Ashton came in and got two steals, two layups, some pressure on the ball, 94-feet, that’s what he’s known for. He can do a lot more. He brings a lot to the table”

Hagans credited a lot of his performance to his battles with Immanuel Quickley in practice the last few months.

“I try to come in to practice and compete everyday. Me and Immanuel, we go at it everyday, and Quade [Green]. So, we’ve been going at it waiting to play this game the last two months. It was just amazing.”

Being able to team up with Quickley in the backcourt vs. someone other than his teammates? Also — you guessed it — amazing.

“It was great. I’ve been waiting to do that because we’ve been beating each other up for the past month. It was just amazing.”

Calipari agreed.

“I thought those two on the ball — Ashton and Immanuel — were pretty active,” he said afterwards.

The icing on the cake of Hagans’ amazing debut? The crowd, which included his family.

“First off, I would just like to say I love Big Blue Nation because that was just amazing for my first game. I didn’t think it would be like that. I have my family here and I just had to put on a show for them. I was trying to put on a show for Big Blue for my first time in a Kentucky jersey.”


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 Comments for Ashton Hagans on his “amazing” first game as a Wildcat

  1. acotky
    10:15 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Hagans should be a senior in high school and WCS played wide receiver……

    • ClutchCargo
      10:26 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

      Does his name also mean “warrior?”

    • KentuckyT
      10:46 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

      Ashton’s birthday: 7/8/99
      Kevin Knox’s birthday: 8/11/99
      Kinda negates the value of the whole narrative, doesn’t it?

    • bigbluebanana
      10:55 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

      Let’s not forget how hacked up it is that either of them were born on 99! I’m 36, I feel old af!

    • ClutchCargo
      11:59 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

      bigbluebanana, trust me on this. One day it will be simultaneously amusing and sad hearing 36 year olds talk about feeling old af.

  2. BallDontLie
    11:02 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Came away from that game being most pleased with Hagans. Love that he was so excited and had a great time. Kid’s gonna be the man at PG come March. Wall/Teague hybrid.

    11:04 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

    I will admit when I’m wrong and earlier in the summer I thought Hagan’s defense looked lazy based on his mixtapes… I was wrong. This young man is an absolute PEST!

    • ClutchCargo
      11:50 am August 9, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t ever base on opinion about defense on what you see in a mixtape. lol