WHO IS CLIFF HAGAN? - Cliff Hagan possessed one of basketball's most devasting hook shots, and combined his quickness and strength to score 14,870 points in 13 professional seasons with the NBA's St. Louis Hawks and the ABA's Dallas Chaparrals. Hagan played for Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp at the University of Kentucky, earned All-America honors in 1952 and 1953, and led the Wildcats to a three-year record of 86 wins and only 5 losses. UK had a 25-0 record in 1954, with Hagan averaging an astonishing 25 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. He scored 51 points in a single game against Temple. In 1974, Hagan was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Time Team.
Upon graduation from Kentucky, Hagan was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the NBA draft. After two years of military service, Hagan was traded by Celtics to the St. Loouis Hawks for the draft rights to Bill Russell. In 10 years with the Hawks, he scored 13,447 points (18.0 ppg), played in five All-Star Games, and was chosen to the All-NBA 2nd Team twice. A pure shooter, Hagan scored a staggering 26 points in the fourth quarter in a game against the New York Knicks in 1958. During his 10 year tenure in St. Louis, Hagan led the Hawks to five Western Division titles and the 1958 NBA championship.
Hagan completed his 13-year pro career as player/coach of the ABA Dallas Chaparrals.
Cliff and his wife, Martha (insert), are now retired to Florida, but return to their hometown of Owensboro quite often.