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If there is a better PG than Hagans, Calipari wants to see him

Ashton Hagans was great in Kentucky’s win over UAB. The Cats’ sophomore point guard set a new career-high in assists with 12 to raise his per-game average to almost seven. He also saw a three-pointer go in for the second straight game, in addition to his usual contributions on the defensive end.

If there is a better point guard in the country, John Calipari wants to meet him.

After the game, Calipari said, “We could say there are better point guards in the country, but you got to tell me who you’re talking about. Because when you defend the way he defends and you’re as tough as he is, he went 12 assists, two turnovers. He’s shooting 47 percent from the floor and he missed all those threes early.

“I need to know who is better than him,” he continued. “Like, I don’t see it. I mean, I, oh, this kid and that kid and that kid. Well, let me tell you, you win games with guys like him. You do.”

Cal also said it is nice to have a Tyrese Maxey to slide right in for Hagans on the rare occasion Hagans takes a breather. Maxey had four assists of his own against UAB with zero turnovers. Cal saw those numbers and wished for six assists next time, but was very pleased with the ratio.

As a team, Kentucky had 19 assists for a second game in a row.

Here’s what Ashton Hagans said about his big night:

Article written by Drew Franklin

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5 Comments for If there is a better PG than Hagans, Calipari wants to see him

  1. Bluebloodtoo
    10:21 pm November 29, 2019 Permalink

    Hagans is great, we’ll definitely miss his defense next year. I like Maxey on the floor, but he takes some wild shots; too many for my preference.

    • KYCat4EVER
      6:36 am November 30, 2019 Permalink

      SPOT ON Bluebloodtoo! Best post of the night!

      Maxey brings a very needed energy to “make things happen” to our CATS!

      Unfortunately, the only problem with this type of guard is their own ability to “control that energy with maturity and judgement”… or it can have the opposite affect on your teams play.

      LOVE this kid, but if a guard like Maxey can’t limit those minimal immature possessions with the rock, his coach needs to teach him to do so before one of those lapse in judgement costs our team critically.

      UNFORTUNATELY, there have been far too many examples where Coach PROCESS has not corrected players weaknesses when he was paid big bucks to do so, FOR WHATEVER REASON ( “to be free to create” ), and it’s killed us in critical games! For example…

      a). BOTH Harrison twins vs Wisconsin with under three minutes to play.
      b). Maxey’s final half court heave against Evansville
      c). Archie Goodwin driving in to traffic only to charge, fall down, or toss up a brick..
      d). “Watching the latter game this weekend, many of Kentucky’s turnovers seemed to stem from a mixture of ambition and carelessness that you might expect from a team collectively getting its feet wet. That won’t fly too often in the SEC.”…not 2019… but 11-2017 in a Dan Greene -Sports Illustrated”.

      This will always be a weakness at a Kentucky because we start a lot of Immature Freshmen, we use a ridiculously undisciplined offense (dribble drive), and Coach PROCESS is not disciplined as a bench coach:

      You think I wasn’t sitting there watching?

      “But I owed it to those two (the Harrison twins) to do it… “
      “Instead, Wisconsin won 71-64, with the Harrisons missing seven of their last eight shots combined.”

      UNDISPUTED lack of discipline and perspective by our coach!

      This is exactly why OUR CATS won’t win another Championship until Coach PROCESS is gone!

      GO BIG BLUE!

    • IrishCat
      8:12 am November 30, 2019 Permalink

      What. An. Idiot…

  2. The Big Lebowski
    10:43 pm November 29, 2019 Permalink

    Tyrese needs to be free to create. That’s the kids game. Fans don’t need to tie him down.

    Hagans is taking off. He keeps it up, he’ll work his way into the 1st Round.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      10:10 am November 30, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed, but his decision making process needs to improve. That’s not a bad thing as this stage of his game. He’s got lots of time to improve it.