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Kenny Payne Describes Ashton Hagans’ Turnovers in One Word

Kentucky’s sophomore starting point guard has hit a three-game skid in the turnover department. Ashton Hagans has totaled 15 turnovers since the road trip to Lubbock. Kenny Payne had only one word to describe the recent phenomenon.

“I just think they’re careless. Again, it has nothing to do with the defender, more to do with his mindset and carelessness and undisciplined at times,” UK’s associate coach said Monday afternoon.

By giving away five Kentucky offensive possessions a game, it’s plain to see the problem. The root cause of it is a little more perplexing. Regardless of the reason why, it’s a problem that must be fixed.

“When we watch them on film, (he) just takes the eyes off the ball for no reason and hit his foot for no reason. He just has to be a little more focused. Probably some of it is minutes, playing a lot of minutes. The season is long. We’ve played a lot of games, we practice hard here but you gotta be mentally locked in.”

Hagans has played better than many expected for most of the season. A Bob Cousy Award finalist and the SEC’s leader in assists (7.0 apg.), less than two weeks ago we were calculating how Hagans needed to finish the season to surpass Tyler Ulis’ single-season assist record. Hagans’ turnover epidemic over the last three games has drawn a much less flattering comparison to Ulis. With ten regular season games remaining, Hagans has committed 73 turnovers, four more than Ulis made in the entire 2016 season.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

9 Comments for Kenny Payne Describes Ashton Hagans’ Turnovers in One Word



  1. classof68
    4:18 pm February 3, 2020 Permalink

    But Cal said that if there’s a better point guard in the nation than Ashton, he would like to know who it is.



    • Wade
      6:58 pm February 3, 2020 Permalink

      Cousinard from sc got in his head in that sc game and he’s been trying to prove himself ever sense and it’s hurting the team.



    • Wade
      6:59 pm February 3, 2020 Permalink

      Maxey



  2. Righteous1
    5:53 pm February 3, 2020 Permalink

    Watch out 68. The Cal lovers wolpack will be on you if you criticize their hero.



    • 4everUKBlue
      6:47 pm February 3, 2020 Permalink

      I would like to see just one positive non sarcastic comment from you Slater but you’re not capable.



  3. yoshukai
    7:35 pm February 3, 2020 Permalink

    No way we can win the championship with Hagans as point guard . Can’t depend on the kid .



  4. EdC
    9:11 pm February 3, 2020 Permalink

    I got curious about how Hagans stacks up historically to other Cal Point Guards during his UK tenure. Believe it or not his assist to turnover ratio during the Cal era ranks 4th.

    Season Player Asst TO A/T
    7 09-10 Wall 241 149 1.617449664
    10 10-11 Knight 159 120 1.35
    5 11-12 Teague 191 109 1.752293578
    2 12-13 Mays 95 38 2.5
    9 13-14 Harrison 159 109 1.458715596
    3 14-15 Harrison 139 64 2.171875
    1 15-16 Ulis 246 69 3.565217391
    5 16-17 Shai GA 189 100 1.89
    8 17-18 Green 91 59 1.542372881
    6 18-19 Hagans 160 94 1.70212766
    4 19-20 Hagans 147 73 2.01369863



  5. EdC
    9:13 pm February 3, 2020 Permalink

    Sorry this formatted terribly. The first column is Rank. 2nd is the season, e.g. 09-10 Player: Wall Asst: 241 Turnover: 149, A/T: 1.617449664



  6. unbiasedfan
    2:38 am February 4, 2020 Permalink

    If I could buy him for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth I’d be a rich man. Miss 3 layups in a row and then finally make one, first thing he does is throw up them muscle man arms. When he does interviews he the coolest man to ever don a pair of shoes. He needs to humble his tone down. I can’t remember which team it was, but their guard was No. 0 and he outplayed Ashton bad!! Just be ‘QUIET’ and do your job