The postseason is here, which means the Kentucky Wildcats are officially in do-or-die time as they fight to keep their season alive.
On Wednesday, head coach John Calipari revealed that Clarke has returned to practice, and he’s been cleared to play if need be.
Today during the UK pregame radio show, Calipari confirmed that Clarke is available to play today, so it looks like we’ll be seeing the freshman guard make his return after being sidelined for over two months with an ankle injury.
John Calipari reiterates on pregame radio show that Terrence Clarke is available today (and leaves the door a little open for extended playing time):— Ben Roberts (@BenRobertsHL) March 11, 2021
"I can't imagine him playing more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time, but I don't know. ... If we need him, let's go try."
Calipari said he told Terrence Clarke he might not play at all. Also told him they might need him. It will depend on what's best for the team.— Ben Roberts (@BenRobertsHL) March 11, 2021
Clarke's response: "I wanna help this team win."
Calipari did also make it clear that he’s not going to allow Clarke to play if he’ll be in danger of re-injury, or if he simply can’t give UK anything on the court.
Remember, he’s been sidelined since late December, so he’s going to be very rusty, and playing him after such a long layoff will carry a significant risk. My guess is we’ll see him play around 10 minutes today, and his role will possibly expand if UK can keep winning in Nashville.
Regardless of how it plays out, it’s great to know we’ll likely get a chance to see Clarke in a Wildcats jersey at least one more time before he heads to the NBA Draft.