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Chuck Martin hypes up Ugonna Onyenso and Zvonimir Ivisic

The UK assistant is excited about the two big men as their returns to the floor are highly anticipated.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are off to a 7-2 start and are coming off an impressive win over the Penn Quakers in Philadelphia this past Saturday. The player of the game was easily Aaron Bradshaw, who was only playing in his second game of the season.

Now, all eyes turn to the return of Ugonna Onyenso and the debut of Zvonimir Ivisic.

With Onyenso returning from a foot injury suffered in Canada this summer, it appears the BBN should expect to see the talented sophomore take the court sooner rather than later.

For Ivisic, the Kentucky program is still waiting for the NCAA to rule on his eligibility. While it has never been expected to hit any snags, the length of time this has taken does bring some worry to many in the fanbase.

But the coaching staff is still excited about what both players can bring to the floor when they make their season debuts.

Kentucky assistant coach Chuck Martin joined Cameron Mills on the Behind Kentucky Basketball podcast and had some positive things to say about both players.

For Ugonna:

“Ugonna was really good yesterday... He looks strong,” said Martin.

For Big Z, Martin had this to say:

“He’s a unique talent... with Z, he’s got to become, and I think he has since he’s been with us, just a little bit more disciplined, because he’s so gifted and so talented he thinks he can get away with making almost any pass.”

Although there is no clue when Ivisic will be cleared to take the floor, it appears that Onyenso could return as early as this Saturday against the North Carolina Tar Heels. With a matchup against Armando Bacot, the more depth in the frontcourt, the better.

Either way, this Kentucky team is almost back to full strength. Going to be fun to watch them all put it together.