Questions about Jarred Vanderbilt’s health and whether he’ll return for a sophomore season at Kentucky won’t be answered this week. Vanderbilt will not participate in the NBA combine that runs Wednesday through Sunday in Chicago.
He announced the news Tuesday night on Twitter.
“I’ve decided not to attend the NBA combine,” Vanderbilt wrote. “I’m still weighing my options and working my way through the decision process. Appreciate the continued support!”
Vanderbilt is the 63rd-ranked prospect in the draft, according to ESPN. Sixty players will be selected in the draft on June 21.
The 6-foot-9 forward played in just 14 games last season as he dealt with two separate foot injuries. The second injury kept him out of the SEC and NCAA tournaments. He averaged 5.9 points and 7.9 rebounds, collecting 10 or more rebounds in five games.
Skipping the combine will lead to more questions about his health.
“He’s in a little bit of a different situation because you’ve got to think he’s had these injuries and nobody really knows when the next one is going to be,” ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony told SEC Country. “So do you try to cash in on whatever you can cash in on now as opposed to what if [you return to school and] disaster strikes? It’s a very difficult position that he’s in, and it’s hard for someone like me to comment on what he should do because it’s not my foot, you know?
Vanderbilt has until 11:59 p.m. on May 30 to withdraw his name from the draft and return for his sophomore season at Kentucky.