Calipari Reveals Status Of Kentucky Guard Ashton Hagans
John Calipari revealed the status of Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans following his team’s embarrassing loss to Florida on Saturday.
Heading into the big outing, just before tip off, Calipari revealed that Hagans opted not to make the trip. This is notable, of course, because earlier this week the guard made headlines for refusing to re-enter a game that Kentucky eventually lost to Tennessee.
In Calipari’s words, Hagans asked to “step away for a couple of days for personal reasons.”
On Saturday, the Wildcats struggled early against the Gators before ultimately putting together an impressive 71-70 comeback victory.
After the outing, Calipari was once again asked about Hagans’ status. More specifically, the Kentucky coach was pressed on why the guard had opted to stay away from the team.
Calipari on if Hagans will be back for the SEC Tournament: “I would fully expect him to be, but I haven’t talked to him. Probably talk to him Monday sometime.”
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“Just personal,” he responded.
“He came up and said, ‘I’m in a bad way.’ Here’s what I’d say about these kids. What is on these players, he clutter they gotta deal with, not being able to stay in the moment, the anxiety, worrying about (NBA).”
All that being said, Calipari still expected Hagans to return for the SEC Tournament – even if he could not guarantee it.
“I would fully expect him to be, but I haven’t talked to him,” he said.
“Probably talk to him Monday sometime.”
Seeing as Hagans is the fourth-leading scorer on Kentucky and arguably one of its best defenders, having him back as the Wildcats get into the most important part of the season is absolutely critical.
Will he really be back Monday? We’re just a few days away from finding out for sure.