John Calipari lauds return of good Ashton Hagans as key

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari talks about the play of freshman point guard Ashton Hagans in UK’s 86-69 win over top-ranked Tennessee on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Rupp Arena. Hagans came out of a slump to help orchestrate the win.
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Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari talks about the play of freshman point guard Ashton Hagans in UK’s 86-69 win over top-ranked Tennessee on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Rupp Arena. Hagans came out of a slump to help orchestrate the win.

John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.