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Kentucky Greats: #14, Cliff Hagan

Posted by ibleedblue040 on March 29, 2008

Although Cliff Hagen played over 50 years ago many people still remember him as one of the great players in Kentucky history still today. Maybe it is because he compiled a 86-5 (.945) career record at Kentucky in his 3 seasons on the varsity team including a National Championship and an undefeated season. Or maybe it is because he ranks in the top 20 in career: points, rebounds, free throws made, free throw attempts, field goals made & field goal attempts. It may be because Hagan was a two-time First Team All-American at Kentucky and is the only player in school history with back-to-back 600+ point season in which he also tallied one 325+ rebound season and one 500+ rebound season. That is pretty impressive when you look at all the great scorers and rebounders in Kentucky history (Dan Issel, Kenny Walker, Bill Spivey, Cotton Nash, etc.). Hagan is also still remembered because he grew up in Owensboro, KY and stayed in state to attend Kentucky where everyone loved him for his humble attitude and the fact that he WAS a boy from down the road. Some of Hagan’s career accomplishments are:

  •  All-SEC Tournament team as a sophomore at Kentucky along with winning the NCAA National Championship
  •  As a junior at UK Hagan made First Team All-American, First Team All-SEC & the All-SEC Tournament team
  •  As a senior at Kentucky Hagan again made First Team All-American and First Team All-SEC along with finishing the season 25-0 at UK, the only team in UK history to go through an entire season undefeated
  •  Hagan is 16th on Kentucky’s all-time scoring charts with 1,475 career points
  •  He ranks 3rd all-time in rebounding at Kentucky with 1,035 career rebounds
  •  Hagan attempted 487 career free throws, the 10th most all-time at UK, he made 341 of them which is 11th most ever
  •  Hagan attempted 1335 field goals in his career, 13th most all-time at Kentucky, and he made 567 of them, which is the 18th most ever

Another accomplishment that I am sure Hagan is honored to have been chosen for is the fact that his jersey is retired in the rafters of Rupp Arena. His #6 jersey was the 12th jersey ever retired at Kentucky and still to this day only 37 players have had the honor of getting their jersey retired.

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4 Responses to “Kentucky Greats: #14, Cliff Hagan”

  1. I WATCHED CLIFF’S LAST HIGH SCHOOL GAME IN OWENS-
    BORO WHILE SETTING A COURT RECORD OF 50 POINTS AGAINST FRANK RAMSEY’S TEAM. THE COUNTY SHERIFF
    HONORED CLIFF BY TELLING HIM HOW PROUD HE WAS OF
    HIM AFTER HAVING TO JAIL CLIFF’S FATHER MORE TIMES THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE COUNTY.

  2. RaiulBaztepo said

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  3. Hello !!!! 😉
    I am Piter Kokoniz. oOnly want to tell, that I like your blog very much!
    And want to ask you: will you continue to post in this blog in future?
    Sorry for my bad english:)
    Thank you!
    Piter.

    • Thanks Piter! And yes I will continue to post. I wish more people would comment so I could actually tell how many people actually enjoy it. And your english is very good.

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