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Ugonna Onyenso reportedly has surgery

Onyenso is sidelined indefinitely.

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According to KSR’s Ryan Lemond, Ugonna Onyenso has already had surgery on his injured foot/ankle, though it’s unclear what kind of procedure it was and how long the sophomore center will be out.

Between Onyenso and Aaron Bradshaw both now recovering from surgeries for lower-leg injuries, don’t be shocked if the Kentucky Wildcats show interest in other transfer big men. There’s widely expected to be more transfers that emerge in the coming weeks once summer classes have concluded and more players graduate, making them eligible to be grad transfers.

More importantly, here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery for Onyenso.


After missing the entire GLOBL JAM, Ugonna Onyenso appears set to miss significant time due to his injury, according to head coach John Calipari.

Here’s to hoping Onyenso will be ready for the start of the 2023-24 Kentucky Basketball season. It certainly appears to be a promising one if Onyenso can stay healthy and make a big jump with the Cats.


No Ugonna Onyenso vs. Team Germany, and don’t count on him playing this week.

The Kentucky Wildcats are currently in Canada for the 2023 GLOBL JAM, and we’ve already got some early action, both good and bad.

According to KSR’s Matt Jones, Kentucky held a scrimmage today and won by 20 vs. what appears to be Team Africa.

Sadly, it came at a cost, as Jones reports that sophomore center Ugonna Onyenso injured his ankle and had to be helped off the court.

That’s about par for the course for a Kentucky program that’s had some pretty awful injury luck as of late. And it’s made worse by the fact that Aaron Bradshaw is out for several months after having foot surgery.

Hopefully, it’s nothing more than a minor sprain, but it certainly appears that Onyenso is doubtful to play Wednesday when Kentucky opens pool play vs. Team Germany.

If he is out, Tre Mitchell will be playing heavy minutes at center, while Justin Edwards would figure to get more playing time at the 4 spot. Jordan Burks has also been logging minutes at the 4 and 5 spots in practice, so it looks like we’ll see that in live game action this week if Onyenso sits out or plays limited minutes.

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