It’s no longer a certainty that Jemarl Baker suits up for Kentucky this season.
During his Monday call-in show, John Calipari gave an update on his injured guard, who has yet to log a collegiate minute since committing to Kentucky in the Class of 2017.
Calipari finally admitted he’s not certain that Baker plays this season as he deals with swelling in his surgically-repaired knee. Calipari added that Baker has been “limited” in practice and needs to get a bigger practice workload before he’s cleared to play in games.
While not ideal, Calipari did say he hopes Baker can return soon and give Kentucky another shooter.
“Let’s hope, because we could use more guys, especially guys making shots.”
Back on Nov. 16, Calipari admitted that Baker hasn’t done much of anything since the Blue-White Game, the last time the California native was on the floor in a game-like atmosphere.
“He hadn’t been on the practice floor at all,” Calipari said. “I think he shot around yesterday and the day before, but he has not practiced at all since Blue-White (Game).”
The good news is Baker has been seen warming up on the court in recent games, though that’s still not close to getting in a full-contact practice. Until Baker is healthy enough to get in a full practice, he’s not going to play after missing all of last year due to knee surgery.