Hagans named candidate for Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award

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ATLANTA – Kentucky's Ashton Hagans is one of 15 players to appear on the watch list for the Nasmith Defensive Player of the Year award. The list includes players whose defensive efforts on the court have set them apart from the pack.

The 6-foot-3 guard out of Cartersville, Georgia, is one of just two freshmen (Zion Williamson, Duke) on the midseason watch list and one of only two players from the Southeastern Conference (Grant Williams, Tennessee).

Hagans has emerged as one of the nation’s best lockdown defenders. He’s averaging 2.3 steals per game, which ranks second in the SEC and third nationally among all freshmen. He's first in the country in steals per game among freshmen who are averaging 25.0 minutes or less per game.

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