The Kentucky Wildcats debuted their new court against UNC-Wilmington on Saturday, but it wasn’t even the biggest debut of the game for the program.
After recovering from a foot injury suffered over the offseason, Kentucky big man Aaron Bradshaw made his UK debut against the Seahawks and made an instant impact for the Cats. He finished the game with three points, two rebounds, and a blocked shot while finishing with a team-high +/- of 11.
But none were bigger than the dunk to put him on the box score for the first time and bring the Rupp Arena crowd to its feet.
After the game, the freshman center received some high praise from John Calipari.
First time out for him (Bradshaw), I think it was probably plus a bunch. Plus 11 in a game we lose by seven,” Calipari said. “Obviously, that says he did okay. He’s still not in the flow of the stuff yet. But he did some good stuff. That’s a good start for him.”
Calipari wasn’t the only person with some praise for Bradshaw either, as senior big man Tre Mitchell also had some good things to say about his fellow teammate.
“He (Bradshaw) hasn’t been too involved just yet, so he’s still trying to get the hang of things, the things we’re running, but it was enjoyable being out there with him,” Mitchell said. “He didn’t have an opportunity to do much tonight. I’ve seen him work out. I’ve seen him in practice, and I think people are going to be excited with what he brings to the floor when he’s able to get out there and really get going.”
Big things are ahead for Bradshaw, it seems. With a homecoming game against Penn next Saturday, here is to hoping we see him have the breakout game all of BBN is hoping for.
Tre Mitchell talks about about the loss.— Dylan Ballard (@DylanBallard_UK) December 3, 2023
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