John Calipari Responds to Anonymous Criticism of UK Players by Fellow Coaches

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John Calipari Responds to Anonymous Criticism of UK Players by Fellow Coaches

Earlier today, Sam Vecenie of The Athletic released his annual NBA Draft Coaches Poll featuring anonymous quotes from coaches across the college basketball landscape. While somewhat complimentary at points in the article, the coaches heavily criticized UK players from this past season’s team, mostly former UK guard Ashton Hagans.

Excerpts of the criticism from coaches in the article can be found in this tweet from Vecenie, in which shows an anonymous coach calling Hagans “trash”:

These comments have drawn a lot of attention, even prompting a response from UK Head Coach John Calipari and assistant Joel Justus, in which they called the coaches out and expressed disappointment in their criticism:

Former Virginia Tech basketball coach and current ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg also weighed in:

While Ashton Hagans and the other players featured in the discussions are not perfect, anonymously criticizing players does seem like quite a cheap-shot. This is especially the case when Kentucky has had so much success, even last year winning the SEC regular season title with a 25-6 overall record.

 

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