During a recent game, Kentucky coach John Calipari looked down his bench and thought about calling upon Tai Wynyard.
The action would burn the mid-year enrollee’s redshirt, costing him a year of eligibility.
When Calipari approached Wynyard, he realized the New Zealand lumberjack did not want to take on the risks involved. Would it be worth a year of his college career to play sparingly down the stretch for a loaded Wildcats team?
Wynyard never went in, and the next couple months are still up in the air.
“We’ll probably sit down and talk here on the way to South Carolina,” Calipari said Friday afternoon. “I’m not sure he wants to redshirt. I think he does. But we haven’t really talked about it.”
The major roadblock, according to Calipari, is Australian export Isaac Humphries, who has suddenly seen an increase of playing time with senior Alex Poythress nursing a knee injury.
“(Wynyard)’s doing fine in practice,” Calipari said. “I think he’s looking at Isaac, saying, ‘Right now, I know I’m behind Isaac,’ and ‘Why do it?’ But there’s so many things that can happen between now and the end of the year.”
Calipari’s team travels to South Carolina this weekend, where it will attempt to climb atop the SEC standings on Saturday (noon ET, ESPN).