On Sunday, Ashton Hagans announced his decision to enter the 2020 NBA draft, becoming the first UK player to declare.
Hagans said the following about his decision to enter the draft.
“When I chose to come back for my sophomore year, I had some goals in mind,” Hagans said. “First was to win a national championship. You know it’s killing me that we didn’t get the chance to compete for one this season, but I understand why we couldn’t. But, just know, we would have been right there. The second thing we did, which was to win an SEC championship. I also wanted to become a better all-around point guard. My coaches and my teammates really helped me improve and now I know I’m ready to take the next step.
“I just wanted to let you all know that even though I love Kentucky with all of my heart and really wish I could have played for a ‘ship, it’s time for me to live out my life-long dream and declare for the NBA Draft. It’s been my No. 1 goal since I first picked up a ball to take this step and I know my time is now. It’s so hard for me to say goodbye to the best fans in the world, because these last two years have been some of the best of my life.
“I want to give some shout outs to Coach Cal, KP (Kenny Payne), Barb (Tony Barbee), Joel (Justus), Robes (John Robic) and all of the staff. You helped me grow into a man and I know you’ll be there supporting me forever. To all my brothers, you all know how much love I have for you. Wish we could run it back one more time. Lastly, I need to thank my family. You’ve been there with me since day one. We’ve been through a lot and I hope I’ve made you proud.”
Following the news of Hagans’ decision, his teammates started posting messages for the point guard, including Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards.
GOODLUCK MY BROTHA LUV U BRO❤️💼✍🏾 https://t.co/VkVuNXrmSE
— Immanuel Quickley (@IQ_GodSon) April 5, 2020
One of the best PG I ever played with 💯💯💯 https://t.co/U5jTuLpAUE
— Nick Richards (@iamnickrichards) April 5, 2020