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John Calipari responds to coaches’ anonymous criticism of players

Earlier today, Sam Vecenie released his annual NBA Draft College Coaches Poll featuring anonymous quotes on this year’s draft hopefuls. The comments about Kentucky’s guys, specifically Ashton Hagans, have drawn a lot of attention, prompting a response from assistant coach Joel Justus and now, John Calipari himself.

After one coach’s quote about Ashton Hagans being “trash” made the rounds, Calipari took to Twitter to defend his guys and question the individual’s motives.

“It always disappoints me when coaches talk anonymously about kids,” Cal wrote. “I would hope that no coach would try to hurt a young person just to hurt a program. But I’ll just say it’s hard to bet against our guys because of the success we have had! And this particular group? If we would have been able to finish the season, I truly believe this would have been one of the last teams standing. Great group, wonderful and talented kids, and SEC champs! I would take every one of those kids to battle with me.”

Justus was a little more direct.

While Cal and Justus standing up for their players is commendable and some of those comments were particularly harsh, I think we can all agree last year’s squad didn’t have the same level of NBA talent as some of Calipari’s other teams, which makes their success even more impressive.

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4 Comments for John Calipari responds to coaches’ anonymous criticism of players



  1. mashburnfan1
    3:37 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    Hagans is far from trash but he is not an NBA level player. Could have been a very good college player by year 4.



    • 4everUKBlue
      3:57 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

      mashbum is delirious with covid, either that or invasion of the body snatchers…. that’s as close to a positive comment not about the football program he’s ever posted.



    • nocode96
      11:41 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

      It was either that 4ever, or he would have to commend Cal for taking up for the guys. He took the only road he knows how to.



  2. VilleCat11
    4:16 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    I appreciate the coaches standing up for our guys!!