Following the Blue-White Game, head coach John Calipari gave a brief update on Zvonimir Ivisic.
Per Cal, the decision to hold Z out was due to the freshman center being sore and cramping after finally getting to practice.
Remember, Z just arrived last Thursday, so it makes sense that he’s still not in 100% game shape yet.
For what it’s worth, Z did some light warmups and shooting prior to the game, so it doesn’t appear there’s a significant injury to worry about.
Calipari: Says he wishes he did not say 'Big Z' will play today back at Madness.— Aaron Gershon (@agershon99) October 22, 2023
Said he was cramping everywhere after his first three practices today.
Says "We could've had him here and I would be a man of my word or we could have him for the season.
Calipari says he intended to play Big Z, Zvonimir Ivisic, tonight in the BWG, but after three hard practices coming off a long flight to the US and getting poked and prodded by the medical staff all week, he was cramping pretty bad yesterday. They played it safe for his health.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) October 22, 2023
Z with a nice stroke… pic.twitter.com/V9IhtKmqNe— Big Blue Insider (@bigblueinsider1) October 21, 2023
The wait for Z’s debut rolls on.
Alright, so maybe this is something to worry about...
Someone told me it was a little more than just a precautionary thing . https://t.co/hRwKE0yg1y— Trilly Donovan (@trillydonovan) October 21, 2023
Unfortunately, we will not get to see Zvonimir Ivisic in action.
Head coach John Calipari has announced that Big Z will be held out due to precautionary measures, as he’s just now starting to fully practice with the team.
“Z will be with us, but the bad news is, since he has only practiced for three days and still is in his ramp-up period, he will be held out as a precaution.”
Not a huge surprise since, as Cal said, Z has barely been practicing with the team after arriving on campus the day prior to Big Blue Madness. Putting him in live game action too soon could lead to an unnecessary injury, which is the absolute last thing Kentucky can afford right now with Aaron Bradshaw and Ugonna Onyenso out for several more weeks.
If anything, the injuries to Bradshaw and Onyenso may have influenced this decision.
For what it’s worth, Jonathan Givony mentioned that Ivisic has had trouble staying healthy in the past, so that could be another factor in the decision to hold him out.
And if we’re being honest, tonight is a glorified pick-up game anyhow.
Here’s to hoping we get to see Z in action next week when Kentucky hosts Georgetown College in Rupp Arena.
Good afternoon, #BBN! Good news is we’re on our way to the Children’s Advocacy Center to do a clinic and spend some time with the kids in northern Kentucky. Then we’ll be on our way to NKU for the Blue-White Game…we haven’t decided on teams yet but will probably change groups as…— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 21, 2023