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Aaron Bradshaw makes debut vs. UNCW; Ugonna Onyenso on the verge of practicing

AB is back.

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

Well, that was rough.

In Kentucky’s 80-73 loss to UNC Wilmington, freshman forward Aaron Bradshaw played 13 minutes and scored three points on one made field goal while hitting 1/2 free throws. He added two rebounds and one block in his debut.

On to Penn.

Finally, the debut of Aaron Bradshaw is here.

Before the Kentucky Wildcats’ matchup with UNC Wilmington, head coach John Calipari confirmed that Bradshaw would play vs. the Seahawks during a pregame radio interview. He also said the freshman forward should be able to play 10-15 minutes.

Adding to the good news, Calipari said that Ugonna Onyenso is on the verge of returning to practice. That would suggest the sophomore center should return to game action sometime in December or early January, so Kentucky could have two of its 7-footers back in time for SEC play.

Freshman guard DJ Wagner is out due to a lower extremity injury and is considered day-to-day.

The 7-foot-1, 226-pound Bradshaw was a consensus top-10 recruit in the 2023 class ranked as high as No. 2 overall at Rivals. However, he suffered a foot injury during the McDonald’s All-American Game that led to him undergoing surgery. That kept him sidelined until he finally started practicing in recent weeks, and now, his game debut will come.

As for Onyenso, the 7-foot, 247-pound big man suffered a foot injury during the GLOBL Jam that led to him also having surgery. He was believed to be a few weeks behind Bradshaw in terms of playing in games. Now that Bradshaw can play, it seems reasonable to think Onyenso will be back on the court soon enough.

Kentucky is coming off a dominant win over No. 8 Miami, so getting these bigs back will just give this team more firepower to have a special season.