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John Calipari and Ben Jordan comment on addition to UK roster

”He has a great demeanor and a way about him that really fits in well with this team.”

Ben Jordan Chet White - UK Athletics

The Kentucky Wildcats have officially added Ben Jordan to the 2019-20 roster, and he’ll be eligible to play in the upcoming college basketball season.

Jordan, a 6-9, 250-pound right-handed pitcher on the baseball team, is not expected to participate in the Blue-White Game. He committed to the team after attending practice for the first time Tuesday.

”I really appreciate Ben helping our team and agreeing to be a part of this,” head coach John Calipari said in a press release. “He has a great demeanor and a way about him that really fits in well with this team. The guys already have embraced him as one of our own. I think he’ll be a great addition to this team.”

Jordan played basketball in high school at West Carter High School in Olive Hill (KY), where he was the team’s all-time leading rebounder and shot-blocker, as well as the eighth-leading scorer in program history.

But the diamond is where Jordan’s long-term athletics success has been and will continue to be. He was a 2016 Under Armour All-American in high school and appeared in 10 games last season after redshirting in 2018 following Tommy John surgery.

“This is a unique opportunity for Ben and one we support wholeheartedly,” baseball head coach Mingione said. “He’s a tremendous young man and student-athlete. I’m confident Ben will be a great teammate and a positive addition for Coach Cal and the men’s basketball program. I’m looking forward to watching Ben take on this opportunity.”

Over the summer while playing for the Gaithersburg Giants of the Cal Ripken College Baseball League, Jordan appeared in seven games with six starts. He went 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 26.2 innings, allowing just 14 hits while striking out 36 while earning First Team All-Cal Ripken League honors.

“Like so many others in the state of Kentucky, basketball has been a part of my life since I was just a kid,” Jordan said in a press release. “When the opportunity presented itself to join the UK basketball team, I wanted to go into it with an open mind, especially since I stepped away from the sport to focus on baseball. After a couple of days of practice, it’s clear to me that this is something I want to commit to.

”Baseball has been and will remain my top priority, but I’m excited about the opportunity and the challenge of competing in two sports I love to play. I’ve talked to Coach (Nick) Mingione about it and we did this with his full blessing. I’m looking forward to helping in practice and being a great teammate this season.”

With this addition, the basketball team now enters the upcoming season with 14 players on the roster.