Initial reports suggested Kentucky freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt could be out three months with a foot injury. Now it could be much worse.
A report from ESPN on Wednesday features a quote from Kentucky head coach John Calipari saying Vanderbilt might miss the whole year.
“If he’s not 100 percent, he won’t play,” Calipari told ESPN at SEC Media Day on Wednesday. “If he can’t get ready this year, then he won’t play this year.”
“‘Well coach, what if that costs you games?’ Well then it costs us games,” he said. “His health and his well-being goes before anything else, including our basketball team. I hope we get him back — for him. So he can play. But again, even if he doesn’t play this year, [I told him] this is hurting us more than it’s hurting you.”
Vanderbilt, the No. 12 player in the 2017 class according to 247 Sports, was expected to contribute this season.
While the potential to miss the entire season was an exclusive quote, Calipari was a little more optimistic with the rest of the media at SEC Media Day on Wednesday.
“We’re waiting [to find out the latest on Vanderbilt]. Probably [find out about] Jarred in another week. Jamaal [Baker] may be another week [knee injury] to really evaluate what he does. Tai [Wynyard] has a bad back, so he’s been out. I haven’t talked to the doc where he is right now. They haven’t practiced.”