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Kentucky PG Ashton Hagans Announces NBA Draft Decision

Tyler Herro intracting with Ashton Hagans.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MARCH 31: Ashton Hagans #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a play with Tyler Herro #14 during the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 31, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Kentucky's 2019-20 roster just got a major boost. Point guard Ashton Hagans is returning to Lexington for his sophomore season.

Hagans was one of several Kentucky players with looming NBA Draft decisions. P.J. Washington announced earlier today he is turning pro, while the Wildcats are still waiting on Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson.

The top-rated point guard in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings, Hagans was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman. He averaged 7.7 points and dished out 4.3 assists per game, but struggled with his shooting, hitting just 27.5 percent of his three-point attempts.

Hagans took to Instagram to announce he is coming back to school.

"I’m back like I forgot my keys! #yearTwo," he wrote.

Hagans is expected to anchor the Kentucky backcourt next year. He'll be part of a guard corps that includes rising five-star sophomore Immanuel Quickley, incoming five-star freshman Tyrese Maxey and potentially Herro if he returns.

Kentucky finished its season with a loss to Auburn in the Elite Eight, the program's seventh Elite Eight appearance in 10 seasons under John Calipari.