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Has Ashton Hagans lived in the weight room the entire offseason?



My goodness. *rubs eyes* Ashton, is that you?

The first Kentucky point guard to return for a second season since Andrew Harrison was on the hardwood is making the most out of his summer in Lexington. Yesterday we learned Tyrese Maxey has started a new version of the “Breakfast Club.” It’s safe to say Ashton Hagans is a part of that group.

In the first photos released from summer workouts, Hagans does not look like the same guy who walked onto campus a year ago. He can’t have more than 5% body fat. Is it even healthy to be this ripped?

Hagans isn’t the only one putting in work this summer.

Kahlil Whitney, UK Athletics

EJ Montgomery, UK Athletics

Tyrese Maxey, UK Athletics

UK Athletics


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 Comments for Has Ashton Hagans lived in the weight room the entire offseason?

  1. 4everUKblue
    11:18 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

    If he gets a paper cut he’ll bleed to death….haha

    • trumpetguy
      1:36 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

      Hope I’m wrong, but count me as one who thinks too much muscularity in chest/shoulders restricts fluid movement in shooting. That was a reason IB struggled shooting jumpers IMO. Not sure that benefits guards very much.

    • StuckinLville
      2:40 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

      He wasnt as muscular before and still had shooting problems so cant hurt. At least now he can go stronger to the basket and absorb the contact like Briscoe.

    • nocode96
      2:47 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

      Not a terrible point trumpetguy. Our best shooter in the Cal era was probably Lamb and dude had less definition anywhere on his body than a homemade VHS tape.

    • 4everUKblue
      6:11 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

      On the other hand look at Kawhi, didn’t seem to hurt his shooting.

    • 4everUKblue
      6:15 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

      One thing muscle and strength does do is bolster one’s confidence.

  2. The last sith lord
    11:22 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

    Ulis n briscoe n Quickley all pgs that came back for soph seasons

    • bhoop33
      11:27 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

      Probably meant starting point guard. Andrew started his freshman yr and returned. Ulis/Quickley both came off the bench their freshman years. Briscoe barely played point guard at all at UK.

    • Jazz1124
      11:33 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

      I believe he meant to say starting PG. And briscoe wasn’t the starting PG when he returned. It was misspoken on Nick’s part, but I see what he was saying.

  3. Headhurts
    12:11 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink


  4. TOMCATS1990
    1:37 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

    Looking stout. Hopefully working on his jumper and all his skills. Looking for him to be very GOOD.

  5. Le Docteur
    1:55 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

    “Yes, too much muscularity in the chest/shoulders is bad for shooting.” – Admiral Scofield, NBA

  6. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:27 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

    That may help him defensively, can’t be backed up as easy.

  7. michaelb
    5:29 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t agree with the phrase ‘he can’t shoot’ he was decent he just didn’t shoot a lot . Didn’t he have 3/4 3s in a game ? His cup of tea is driving to the hole anyway I hope he built on that . If so it’s a huge advantage he/uk has .

    • royce12
      8:46 am June 29, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. Early in the season he was content with not shooting at all. About midway through the season he started taking open jumpers but he was overthinking it. On the free throw line and in situations where the shot clock was running out he displayed his shooting touch. He will be more confident this season and have a better understanding of what he needs to do.

  8. Brad
    6:28 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

    My jumper got better as I put on more muscle in life but I still suck at basketball lol

  9. Big Sexy
    12:09 pm June 29, 2019 Permalink

    Building strength and reducing fat % has to do with being able to outmuscle opponents under the basket, being about to take bumps and hits without being knocked off balance, and having more stamina. I don’t know why anyone would assume it will greatly improve shooting ability. Arguably from a mental standpoint, confidence, but I think from a mechanics standpoint it doesn’t have much, if any, affect.