LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans made a simple, yet direct statement on his Instagram page Tuesday evening to let Wildcats fans know he won’t be stepping into the NBA just yet.
“I’m back like a I forgot my keys! #yearTwo,” Hagans stated on the social media site.
And it didn’t take long for the word to start getting the word around.
#BREAKING: @KentuckyMBB's Ashton Hagans (@H23Ash) announces on Instagram that he will be back for a second season in Lexington. @WLKY pic.twitter.com/pn6aZuwblj— Andrew Chernoff - WLKY (@ADChernoff) April 9, 2019
.@H23Ash is coming back for round ✌️— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) April 9, 2019
LET’S GOOOOOOOO!!!!! pic.twitter.com/0hOkhQdOoE
Hagans, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound freshman and former Newton High star claimed co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors after an impressive first year at Kentucky where he averaged 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
His play, particularly on defense, helped Kentucky to an Elite Eight appearance this past season. The announcement of his decision to return comes a few hors after Kentucky star forward PJ Washington declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.