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Big Z is sick again; John Calipari comments on Bradshaw and Onyenso

The Kentucky frontcourt is really going through it, but AB is finally close to making his debut. What about Ugo?

Aaron Bradshaw. Tre Mitchell. Dylan Ballard - A Sea Of Blue

Update: Following Kentucky’s win over Marshall, head coach John Calipari said he does not believe any of the bigs will play against the Miami Hurricanes. While Aaron Bradshaw is practicing, he has yet to log any live reps, so don’t count on him playing Tuesday.

On a more positive note, Cal did reveal that Ugonna Onyenso is now running and jumping after recovering from offseason foot surgery.

Zvonimir Ivisic can’t catch a break.

First, it was the admissions snafu that led to the Croatian center not arriving on campus until October.

Then came a bout of food poisoning during the exhibition season that sidelined him for a bit. Ivisic also battled several minor injuries while getting back up to game shape.

Oh, and we can’t forget the NCAA still hasn’t ruled on if Ivisic can play this season, despite the fact we’re now into the third week of the 2023-24 college basketball season.

Now, Ivisic is sick again, this time with a fever, according to head coach John Calipari (via Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

That’s the bad news.

The good news? Aaron Bradshaw, who has the potential to become Kentucky’s best player, has begun practicing with the team following a long layoff from offseason foot surgery.

Prior to Friday’s game vs. Marshall, Calipari made his first public comments regarding the return of Bradshaw, according to Ben Roberts.

“It’s nice to have Aaron in the practices,” UK coach John Calipari said during his pregame interview Friday night. Calipari did clarify that Bradshaw has not gone through full-contact workouts yet.

Bradshaw was moving well and making shots at a high rate during his individual workout with Welch prior to Kentucky’s game against Marshall on Friday night. After the workout was finished, Bradshaw jogged through the tunnel toward the UK locker room, showing no signs of a setback with his injured foot.

It’s great to finally hear Bradshaw is practicing, though the fact he’s not doing any full-contact work yet suggests he may still be a few more weeks away from playing in live game action.

Still, now that Bradshaw is practicing, the process of getting him into game shape has finally started, so his Kentucky debut should be coming soon.

Well, so long as he can avoid whatever is plaguing Big Z.

Be sure to read Roberts’ full report for more insight into Aaron Bradshaw’s impending return.

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