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Calipari says he is “all in” with Ashton Hagans

John Calipari has his point guard for next season. It will be the same point guard he had from this past season, a rarity for Calipari at Kentucky.

As you probably know by now, that returning point guard is Ashton Hagans, the SEC’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year, who announced his plans to return to school Tuesday evening.

“We had a great season this year but I want more,” Hagans said, via a release from UK. “I know I’ve only scratched the surface with my game and there’s so much more I want to accomplish at Kentucky. Coach Cal and the staff have challenged me since day one, and I know with another season at UK we can chase some special things with the same mindset. I can’t wait to get back to work with my brothers.”

Coach Cal met with Hagans on Tuesday and the two decided it would be best for Hagans to come back to school to further develop his game, rather than testing the NBA waters.

“I had a great meeting with Ashton,” said Calipari. “He had a wonderful season but he’s not satisfied. He said his desire was to come back and continue to grow and do some special things at Kentucky. That’s all I needed to hear. He’s ready for the challenge, and I’m all in with him.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

24 Comments for Calipari says he is “all in” with Ashton Hagans



  1. cats646
    7:41 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    I’m all in too!!



  2. BlueByYou
    7:47 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Same here. Good news. Like to add Herro to that list! Doubt it will happen, but would be nice.



  3. BigJohnC
    7:47 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Yes! I know he made mistakes but the guy has so much potential when he gets under control!



  4. livingood4UK
    7:48 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Good decision! I’ll be glad to see him back next year! Next year’s team will be a lot more dribble drive and flyin’ up and down the court! #BBN get ready!



  5. henderblue
    7:53 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    He will be better. A smart move to come back. Herro should too



    • runningunnin.454
      8:02 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      Agree, wise young man. Now Cal needs to speak frankly with Keldon and Tyler. I just want what’s best for them; I can see them in the NBA; but, it would be wise to do it the right way.
      Yep, we would be guard heavy; but, we remember Cal’s Runts…I mean Rupp’s Runts. Ha ha.
      I would like to see running and gunning (of course), and a 1-2-2 zone press for 40 minutes.



    • UKCatAttack
      8:09 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      I’d love to see all that happen but you know there is no way Coach Cal is running a 1-2-2 press for 40 minutes.



    • runningunnin.454
      8:10 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      30 minutes?



    • makeitstop
      8:24 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      Lol good luck w that press idea! I agree wholeheartedly Hender, smart move and it would be smart for Herro, too. It’s easy for me to say, it’s not my opportunity cost but the year is an investment and the return on it is like 1 year if he moves up to lottery range. Moreover, ur an adult a long time, ur in college a short time. Enjoy it. Big difference in playing for fun and playing for money, big difference in 40 games and 80. If ur tired chasing Wolford’s guard McGee, and ur shot suffers, how about chasing an NBA starter for 48 minutes and still trying to rise from 3 feet further. Herro is a difference maker if he returns and he’d be wise to… Hagans made a good decision and preserved the option for next year if he’s still not sure. I would get the feedback if I were Herro, but apply it like PJ, come back and get stronger, smarter and richer.



  6. KYfaninTN
    7:59 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Great news



  7. TomKat9698
    8:00 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Thank you Ashton for making the right decision!!! Tyler, it’s your turn.



  8. tdub
    8:26 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Smart move, will pay off in the long run. He could be a special player with experience.



  9. Glock
    8:33 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Wonder what Herro and Johnsons family situation is in regards to money??



    • Luether
      8:57 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      My sources say that it’s not an issue…



    • Matt10
      9:24 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      My sources say Tyler will go through the process but will stay. Write it down.



    • KayutsBy90
      10:15 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

      Do we have the scholarship spots to keep both?



    • Soylentbeans
      12:08 am April 10, 2019 Permalink

      KayutsBy90 yes we do. With 1 scholarship remaining.



    • Soylentbeans
      12:13 am April 10, 2019 Permalink

      Montgomery, Sestina, Quickly, Hagans, Baker, Richards, Maxey, Allen, Whitney, and Brooks right now. we get 13. So if they stay we will use 12.



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:03 am April 10, 2019 Permalink

      Its amazing that there are still people worried about scholarships…



  10. SaltyGoat
    10:25 pm April 9, 2019 Permalink

    Plenty of scholarships



  11. JT55
    12:54 am April 10, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s wait and see who will transfer. Hagans made the right decision.



  12. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    9:03 am April 10, 2019 Permalink

    I really hope Quickley doesn’t transfer because of this. I see him becoming much like Brandon Knight and being an awesome player once he gets some confidence.



  13. natedaddy
    11:46 am April 10, 2019 Permalink

    Unfortunately for Cal, “all in” means he’s not coming out of a game when he’s shooting poorly, turning the ball over and getting beat constantly on defense. Hopefully he’ll improve in the offseason.



  14. catdaddyd
    1:58 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

    He never passes the ball ahead on a fast break, dribble, dribble, dribble…