NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Should Kentucky fans be worried about 7-footer Isaac Humphries’ nagging right knee soreness? Coach John Calipari said he isn’t, but the sophomore center has missed significant time.
“The last week and a half, he hasn’t practiced but about twice,” Calipari said Wednesday at SEC Media Day. “Swelled a little bit. We’re trying to rest his knee. I’m thinking he’ll either practice (Thursday) or be playing on Friday (in the Blue-White scrimmage) and then we get going.”
That’s good news for arguably the Wildcats’ most-improved player who figures to play a major role in the frontcourt this season. But there remains some mystery around Humphries’ knee issue. He said he didn’t land awkwardly or do anything memorable to tweak the knee.
Nagging pain is “just kind of there,” he said, “and we have the time right now to rest it up for a big season, and that’s pretty much it. It’s just sore and we think this is the right time to rest it up a little bit.”
Before the knee slowed him down, Humphries was wowing coaches with his slimmed-down physique and more confident play in practice. Calipari expects him and freshman Bam Adebayo to be a potent 1-2 punch in the paint. Humphries has high expectations of his own.
“We’ve kind of got all the little ingredients to be a really good team,” he said. “I mean, a weakness may develop, but it’s really not looking like it at the moment. The fact that we can be really good outside and score and penetrate and pitch out, but then also we can post up and score with that aspect, there’s really no way – it’s going to be hard for the other team to defend.
“Because if they take something away, we’ve got the other thing. If they take that away, we’ve just got something else.”
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