Ahead of this, head coach John Calipari held a rare summer press conference with local media on Friday, where he gave several updates on the state of his program.
First off, Cal confirmed that 5-star forward Aaron Bradshaw has had surgery for his foot injury. Bradshaw will miss the GLOBL JAM, but the hope is the freshman will be ready for the beginning of the regular season.
John Calipari speaks on Aaron Bradshaw and his injury.— Tristan Pharis (@TristanUda) June 30, 2023
"He was unbelievable in our camps and community... He had a foot injury, had a choice to make. He said, 'I don't want to take a chance. I want to play'.
Adds, "He's so excited to be here and wants to help us win."
Coach John Calipari praises Aaron Bradshaw as a person and applauds his hunger.— Dylan Ballard (@DylanBallard_UK) June 30, 2023
He also states as of now he expects him to start the regular season but states that could change. pic.twitter.com/Gq1JUSJ5Eu
The injury is a small fracture in Bradshaw’s foot. He could have let the injury heal on its own with no surgery, but that would have taken longer, so he opted to have surgery and speed up the recovery.
“He (Bradshaw) had a foot injury...had a choice to make: Do you let it heal, or do you do an operation? He waited for a minute to say, ‘Let me see this.’ But at the end of the day, he said, ‘I want an operation because I want to play.’”
Cal also gave a brief update on his coaching staff, which is still looking to add a third primary assistant coach (that’s reportedly Oregon assistant Chuck Martin).
“We’ve still got stuff to do with staff,” Cal stated. “Probably get things going in the next 10 days, two weeks.”
Definitely sounds like Cal is planning to make a few more changes, so that will be intriguing to watch unfold if there are more moves made in addition to Martin joining the staff.
Oh, and perhaps most importantly, Cal quoted Lil Wayne about lasagna.