The Kentucky Wildcats have made a late roster addition ahead of the 2019-20 basketball season.
According to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader, UK has added former West Carter High School star and current UK Baseball player Ben Jordan to the roster. The report says he will make his debut tonight at the Blue-White Game, but UK has since announced he is not expected to play tonight.
The 6-9 Jordan averaged 14.4 points and 12.4 rebounds per game during his senior season in 2016-17, and he helped lead West Carter to the 16th Region finals. He left as the school’s all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker.
Jordan is currently a redshirt sophomore for the baseball team as a right-handed pitcher. He appeared in 10 games last season after redshirting in 2018 with an injury. He’s actually MLB Draft-eligible in 2020.
UK was in dire need of another true frontcourt player going into the season, as Nick Richards, Nate Sestina and EJ Montgomery are the only ‘true’ bigs on the roster, though Kahlil Whitney and Keion Brooks are expected to play some at the 4 to help alleviate that lack of depth.
Still, adding another big man is great news for UK, even if he’ll just be another practice body. It will be interesting to see how Jordan balances two sports in the spring when the baseball regular season begins while the basketball postseason is ongoing.