Well here’s something we didn’t expect today. Freshman guard Jemarl Baker is warming up prior to today’s game against Virginia Tech.
Baker is coming off knee surgery that John Calipari has said would keep him out until at least late in the season, and from there it would be about how quickly he can get ready to play after missing most of the season.
Seeing him getting shots up before conference play has even started seemed out of the question, but here we are.
Jemarl Baker is out shooting... Cal says Baker won't play anytime soon, but stroke is smooth pic.twitter.com/staLXV2s1P— Steve Moss (@smosswkyt) December 16, 2017
And not only is he getting shots up, but he’s apparently doing more than Jarred Vanderbilt has been doing, who wound up not needing surgery on his injured foot.
Baker (knee surgery) moving more freely than Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) did in previous informal warmups.— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) December 16, 2017
Can’t imagine Baker will be returning any time relatively soon, but him being on the floor is a good sign. Baker is likely the best shooter on this team, and being without him has hurt them on offense.
Kentucky tips off against the 9-1 Virginia Tech Hokies at 2:00 p.m. ET today. Catch it on ESPN 2.