Unfortunately, several Cats are dealing with injuries that could compromise their availability vs the Hokies on Saturday. You already know all about Jarred Vanderbilt and his recovery from a foot injury.
But Vanderbilt was never expected to play this weekend. The more pressing concerns are with Quade Green and Sacha Killeya-Jones. Green is dealing with an eye injury suffered in last week’s win over Monmouth. Sacha has an ankle injury suffered in practice last week, which kept him from playing vs Monmouth.
On Friday, head coach John Calipari met with the media to preview Saturday’s big game, and he also provided some injury updates.
When asked about Quade and Sacha playing Saturday, Calipari said “I believe so.”
That’s good news, as Quade has been solid as UK’s starting point guard thus far, while Sacha has given UK great minutes off the bench.
As for Vanderbilt, Calipari said the freshman forward is making good progress but won’t play just to help UK win if it's going to damage him. Calipari wants Vanderbilt to compete at a high level without hurting himself again, which is what must happen in practice before he can play in games.
It’s pretty much what Calipari has been saying for several weeks now about Vanderbilt, who is recovered now, but he still needs to practice and show he can play at a high level without re-injuring himself.
In other words, don’t expect Vanderbilt to play for several more weeks. He has to prove himself in practice before Calipari will feel good about playing him in games, and it’s untelling how long that will take.