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First Calipari vs. Mack recruiting battle could come sooner than you think

Now that Chris Mack is the head coach at Louisville, which recruits will he and John Calipari tangle over in the years to come? The first could be five-star point guard Ashton Hagans, who decommitted from Georgia last month and is still contemplating a jump to the 2018 class.

Mack recruited Hagans while at Xavier, and shortly after the news went public yesterday that he was coming to Louisville, extended an offer to the Georgia Mr. Basketball to join him. Hagans’ AAU coach told the Courier-Journal that Mack’s staff is making Hagans a priority, which can’t necessarily be said about Calipari and Kentucky.

Hagans continues to pick up offers from top programs, but he’s clearly waiting on one from Kentucky; in fact, despite not having offered, the Cats lead his Crystal Ball with 50% of the predictions. With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox likely off to the NBA Draft and Hamidou Diallo potentially following suit, Calipari may want to add another physical rim attacker to his arsenal for next season. On his radio show Monday night, Calipari said he may sign two more players in the 2018 class. One is presumably E.J. Montgomery. Given Shai’s likelihood of moving on, the other could be Hagans (or, of course, James Wiseman should he reclassify).

Kentucky’s decision to go after Hagans lies in the balance of the current squad’s NBA decisions. If they do pursue him, they’ll probably succeed; however, Mack clearly isn’t wasting time throwing Louisville’s hat in the ring.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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29 Comments for First Calipari vs. Mack recruiting battle could come sooner than you think

  1. ClutchCargo
    2:46 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

    I want him at UK just because UofL wants him. That’s reason enough. Ha!

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    2:47 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

    I haven’t seen anything said by Hagan or his group that they are interested in UK. Am I missing something? Something like … “has long been a UK fan …” something like that.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      2:53 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      From the Courier-Journal article that is linked: One school that Hagans likes hasn’t reached out. He said an offer from Kentucky and John Calipari would “be a blessing.”

    • Smyrna_Cat
      2:57 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      Awesome. Thanks Mrs. T!!!!

  3. nicky
    2:51 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

    TT ask Matt if it’s legal to offer any kid without first disclosing the possible upcoming penalties that might hit said program….Kids probably know generalities but not the detailed ramifications that could affect their career

    • 72uksprinter
      3:08 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      Am I missing something here?
      Why would ANY player, let alone a guy who can go anywhere he chooses, even think about Loserville?
      We know why Chris Mack did it, and we all know why he would offer Hagan and others but it’s gonna be extra difficult for him/them to funnel cash to the recruits/families.
      There is nothing but bad news on the horizon in that basketball program.
      And, I’d be amazed if they don’t have to explain the possibilities to anyone they sign.
      Not that they will tell them, but I’m sure they have that mandate.
      Makes no sense to me, either.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:00 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      Not making excuses for University 6 or anything, but I don’t see how you could require a school to disclose possible upcoming penalties when there hasn’t even been an investigation or a notice of infractions. No investigation = no penalty that could be reasonably estimated.

    • Han
      4:29 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      Normally I might agree with you, but they fired their coach and athletic director because of the stuff that hasn’t been investigated yet. It’d be different if they’d tossed Pitino and Jurich to the curb after the hooker stuff, but they kept them. The new stuff is the reason Mack’s now in at Louisville.

    • nicky
      4:31 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

    • ClutchCargo
      7:18 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      NCAA investigation is what I’m referring to.

  4. Mc12
    3:14 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

    I may be in the minority on this but I’d like to see a more traditional lineup next season with Quickley at the point Herro at the 2, Johnson at the 3 and Green getting starter minutes combining the 1/2 off the bench

    • trumpetguy
      5:30 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      Mc12, my thinking as well, not sure of the arrangement though. Most assume SGA is NBA bound, leaving Green, and 2 incoming freshmen, Quickley and Herro, and a returning RS Fr. Baker. Unless Cal is convinced Hagans is much better than 2 of those four, might want to look elsewhere, preferably size with offensive potential.

  5. mhs1964
    3:53 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

    Everyone thinks that U of L will incur additional penalties but it is not certain after the house cleaning. I am under the impression that the FBI asked the NCAA to not investigate these latest issues until the last trial has taken place, which I think I read is not scheduled until April 2019. That would mean that next year will not include additional penalties and given the speed of the judicial system and the NCAA the following season might not be impacted. Given the time lapse & the house cleaning the NCAA might not hurt them much at all.

    • mm40
      4:08 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      I can kind of understand why the FBI would ask for that concession, but I think that is unfair to UL to wait another year before the NCAA even starts investigating and that will take at least another year. So UL would be facing penalties on violations that are 3-4 years old. I’m it a fan of UL, I just think would be unfair to them to have to wait for an investigation.

    • secrick
      4:20 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      Who cares if they have to wait 5 years and suffer thru this mess. Kids will not suffer if they don’t go to school there and if they do then it’s their own fault.

    • Han
      4:32 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      5 years from now, cue guys like Vitale saying it’s unfair to punish the current UL players because they weren’t even there when the rules were broken.

      The main problem with that being recruits are just as aware as the rest of us of potential penalties down the line. Anyone who goes to UL right now is expected to realize there may be penalties soon. Same goes for schools like Arizona and the others that had assistants arrested. Even if the NCAA decides not to go all in, they have to do something to the schools publicly identified as cheating.

  6. UKinIN
    4:18 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

    If Hagans wants to be “The Man” there wouldn’t be a better school. Depending on what happens to the roster Hagans could end up taking the floor with four managers.

    • runningunnin.454
      4:26 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      Hope he saw the Alabama game that they played with three players on the floor.

  7. Swizzle
    4:25 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

    If those are his options and he picks ul, we need an investigation

    • runningunnin.454
      4:26 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      Did he fall into their lap?

    • ukcamel
      4:40 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      Rick Pitino hasn’t spent a dime recruiting Hagans!

  8. Rick_S
    4:45 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

    U6 is not getting a 5* guard for a few years..They still have to deal with the 100k they paid a recruit…Look for them to be on probation for 3-5 years ..No NCAAT.. also i bet they have 4-6 leave this team

  9. anrbob
    4:54 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

    Is it permissible for a coach to contact a recruit for a school that he is not offically hired at?

  10. Racerr11
    9:24 am March 29, 2018 Permalink

    U of L will receive severe sanctions if not the death penalty as repeat offenders and possibly lack of institutional control if they don’t then they should never apply that to anyone be cause the scandal at u of L is the darkest story ever in college sports. As far as no NCAA investigation thinking it’s over is absurd. They announced when FBI report came out that FBI told NCAA they could do nothing with it until FBI investigation was complete. Seems some people are way behind but what’s new with u of L fans they’ve always been behind.

    • Racerr11
      9:25 am March 29, 2018 Permalink

      U of L has no chance at Hagan’s just typical ville stuff, seems some things never change.

  11. Racerr11
    10:30 am March 29, 2018 Permalink

    Vanderbilt will NOT be back next year it’s a done deal.

  12. mcp157
    12:09 pm March 31, 2018 Permalink

    Why would anyone consider going to U of L right now? They are on the verge of getting further disciplined by the NCAA for their shenanigans. They are not in the same recruiting ball park as UK and will have to settle for a lower grade recruit until things change. Reality.