The Kentucky Wildcats recently got Aaron Bradshaw back in the frontcourt, while Zvonimir Ivisic is still awaiting clearance from the NCAA.
What about Ugonna Onyenso?
The sophomore center from Nigeria recently started practicing again following offseason foot surgery, signaling that a return to game action was near.
Now, it sounds like his return could come as early as Saturday’s date with the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels.
During his Monday radio show, head coach John Calipari announced that Onyenso had resumed full-contact practice, and the hope is he’ll be able to play vs. the Heels.
John Calipari says Ugonna Onyenso will begin practicing full-contact this week, hopes he's available vs. UNC— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) December 11, 2023
"I'm hoping he's able to give us something if we need him. We're playing a team this weekend that's big. Big players, strong players. It'll be a challenge."
Originally a 4-star signee in the class of 2022, the 7-foot, 247-pound Onyenso appeared in 16 games as a true freshman, notching 2.5 points (52.9%), 2.6 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in 6.9 minutes per game. He’s probably not going to play heavy minutes for this Kentucky team as long as Bradshaw and Tre Mitchell are healthy.
However, if foul trouble and/or injuries persist, it’s certainly nice to have a 7-footer on the bench who can defend the rim well, especially against a UNC team with All-American center Armando Bacot.