Kentucky basketball has a new player, and he might play against Ohio State
Kentucky’s newest player might redshirt and sit out the remainder of the season.
Or, Tai Wynyard might play Saturday against Ohio State.
“If he’s cleared to play, who knows?” Wildcats coach John Calipari said Thursday. “I may stick him in the game.”
Calipari said Wynyard — a 17-year-old power forward from New Zealand — flew into Lexington early Thursday morning, and could potentially practice Friday before hopping on the team plane for this weekend’s CBS Sports Classic in Brooklyn.
“Who knows what I’ll do with him,” Cal added. “It’s good to have him here. I’m excited for him. Don’t know where he is conditioning, don’t know anything right now. Other than he’s pretty big.”
The coach said there’s some precedent if Wynyard hits the floor at Barclays Center.
“I can remember doing that,” Calipari said. “We made a big trade when I was coaching the Nets, and had a couple guys that never even practiced. During the game, I said, ‘Why don’t you get in there and run up and down a little bit?'”
Ten games into the season, No. 4 Kentucky is still finding its way, so throwing another highly-touted forward into the mix wouldn’t necessarily be disruptive.
“We’re just trying to get some traction of where we’re going with this thing,” Calipari said. “There are times I see it. There are other times I just shake my head. That’s what happens when you have the most inexperienced team in the country.”