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Ashton Hagans signs contract with Minnesota Timberwolves

Ashton Hagans is headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves to team up with Karl-Anthony Towns.

After going undrafted during Wednesday evening’s NBA Draft, the 6-foot-3 guard out of Cartersville, GA agreed to a two-way contract with the Timberwolves to become the fourth former Wildcat to find his professional home.

Hagans joins Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia), Immanuel Quickley (New York), and Nick Richards (Charlotte) as former Wildcats to join new teams.

E.J. Montgomery and Kahlil Whitney are still available as free agents among former Kentucky players after going undrafted.

Following a successful freshman campaign at Kentucky, Hagans improved in a number of major offensive areas in year two, averaging career highs in points (11.5 per game) and assists (6.4 per game). He also upped his rebounding average (3.9 per game) and his steals numbers (1.9 per game). Leading the team with 58 steals and posting a team high in steals in 20 games, the former five-star prospect was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Defensive Team for the second season in a row and was one of four Naismith Defensive Player of the Year finalists.

As a passer, Hagans’ 6.37 assist average ranks fourth in single-season school history, with the sophomore guard finishing the season ranked 16th nationally in assists per game and first in the SEC. He ranked third in the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.85), posted at least three assists in every game he played and five or more in all but seven games played, and led the team with 191 assists and paced the Wildcats in assists in all but five games.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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11 Comments for Ashton Hagans signs contract with Minnesota Timberwolves

  1. just a guy
    6:33 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Hagan’s issue wasn’t never his ability to play basketball, it’s his personality issues. Every time any guard is n the team was playing better than him, he’d go into a shell and his play bottomed out. Then to get suspended only to post yourself at 3am talking about shoebox money and flashing it, no one was gonna draft that.

    • 2andToodleLoo
      7:32 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

      Plenty of NBA teams overlook that nonsense. It’s all about shooting and he struggled.

    • Bluehender
      7:37 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

      Ever do anything at 18 that you with you hadn’t?? Maturity makes us all better..

    • Bluehender
      7:37 am November 19, 2020 Permalink


    • makeitstop
      7:39 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

      As much of a red flag as that was to some programs, I’m afraid the league is full of guys with equally bad judgment. If he were an inch or two taller, could hit the broad side of a barn with a long range jump shot and wasn’t out of control on key possessions over and over, they would overlook all kinds of stuff. Kid needed another year to show he could fix the performance issues and hit some shots, and grow up, but he’ll have to do that fast in some fine small towns around the plains states playing with grown men who see him as a guy who could steal their paycheck and not a “brother” as these guys like to say.

  2. Stop Hammer Time
    8:00 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Hopefully, he is smart and invests that shoebox full of money that was given to him by an agent/bagman.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:48 pm November 19, 2020 Permalink

      Kount K, is that you?

  3. runningunnin.454
    9:21 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Best wishes, Ashton!

  4. MississippiBlue
    9:22 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    I’m really confident that he’ll work his way into a NBA contract. His primary flaws are fixable through a continued workout regiment. He’s clearly a good freethow and midrange shooter. With more practice and development he’ll Become a 35% three point shooter. With that and his passing and defense he’ll be in the league. I imagine he’ll have a Patrick Beverly type of career.

  5. ClutchCargo
    9:42 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Agree. Lots of guys become better shooters in the league once they have unlimited time to devote to working on their games.

  6. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    4:51 pm November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Hopefully his defensive skills help him get some run while he works on his offense. Good luck Ashton!