In a late Thursday night presser with Orlando Antigua, the UK assistant revealed that Cason Wallace and CJ Fredrick are practicing.
“They did practice today. So we’ll get a chance to see how they’re feeling tomorrow,” Antigua said. “They both went through a full practice, and we’ll see how they feel in the morning when we go to shootaround.”
On Wallace, Antigua admitted that the UK point guard needs to play in order to get some rhythm going.
“If he (Wallace) can go, he’s gotta go. You want to keep the rhythm going. You want to keep the intensity that your body has to take, playing the minutes that he’s played. And also you want to start loosening up the ankle. If you have anything going, you don’t want to wait for that.”
Wheeler has yet to practice this week, so don’t expect him to play in the SEC Tournament.
Cason Wallace was spotted wearing practice gear today, while KSR’s Jack Pilgrim says the Kentucky Wildcats PG will play this week.
Cason Wallace sighting in Nashville— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) March 9, 2023
(Yes, he’s playing) https://t.co/XcuiTTDebK
It’s still unclear if fellow guards Sahvir Wheeler and CJ Fredrick will play this week, but getting Wallace back healthy is easily the biggest key for Kentucky right now.
However, there is a chance that the Cats will be heading into the postseason the healthiest we have seen them in a long time.
Backup point guard Sahvir Wheeler has been out since the first matchup against Arkansas back in early February.
Finally, shooting guard CJ Fredrick has dealt with a few different injuries this season, with the latest being a rib injury that led to him missing time as well. He has been able to play the last two games but has been dealing with some pain.
On Wednesday, Kyle Tucker of The Athletic reported that there is a very good chance Wallace will be playing in Nashville this weekend. On top of Wallace, Tucker also added that there is a chance we also see Wheeler make his return to the court in Nashville as well.
Said this on @tomleachKY's show this morning: Think there's a very good chance Cason Wallace plays this week. At least some chance that Sahvir Wheeler does.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) March 8, 2023
Barring new injuries (and with CJ Fredrick managing pain), Kentucky likely full strength(ish) for the NCAA Tournament.
Having this team nearly back at full strength right as the postseason begins would be huge, and they’d hopefully be able to use the SEC Tournament to knock off the rust and get ready for a run in the NCAA Tournament starting next week.
Here’s to hoping we get to see all of these guys on the court together very soon.