The Kentucky Wildcats are off to a strong start to the 2020-21 season following their 81-45 win over Morehead State.
The only real concern after the big win was how the injury bug is already affecting the Cats.
Sophomore forward Keion Brooks Jr. did not play in this game as he recovers from a calf injury. John Calipari said earlier this week that Brooks is expected to miss this week’s games, which means he is likely to miss Sunday’s clash with Richmond.
Brooks’ replacement, freshman Isaiah Jackson, had an impressive debut Wednesday vs. the Eagles. Jackson started off the game with the Wildcats’ first couple baskets and then introduced himself as the athletic shot-blocker he was advertised by meeting a Morehead State player at the rim and promptly sending it back like a former Kentucky Wildcats player to wear the No. 23.
Jackson didn’t stuff the stat sheet, as he only put up 9 points, 4 boards, and 2 blocks, but the potential is there for Jackson and there will almost certainly be a game this season where Jackson dominates a game and is Kentucky’s best player.
Unfortunately, Jackson suffered an ankle injury toward the end of the game, though it didn’t appear serious at first glance.
Following the game, Calipari said Jackson tweaked his ankle but should be fine.
“Isaiah did tweak his ankle...he was limping a little bit, but I’d say he’s okay,” said Calipari.
Now, this post is to not put worlds of pressure on the kid, he’s played one game. But, this post is preparing you for Isaiah Jackson to leave after one season in Lexington, because as long as he stays healthy, he gone.
Let’s enjoy him while he’s here.
This is a 6-11 freshman in the open floor folks. Isaiah Jackson had 7 quick points before he picked up his second foul early. Plays like this is why he has worked his way into the first round of NBA mock drafts. @KentuckyRivals pic.twitter.com/YUswuqDLvw— David Sisk (@CoachDavidSisk) November 26, 2020