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John Calipari says everyone will be praising Justin Edwards soon enough

It’s no secret the freshman has had his struggles this year.

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The Kentucky Wildcats just took down the Missouri Tigers 90-77 on Tuesday night. Much like all of this season, Justin Edwards was very underwhelming in this game.

The top-five recruit only had four points and two rebounds on 2/7 shooting while going 0/3 from beyond the arc.

This isn’t anything new. Edwards has had some solid games for Kentucky this year. But coming into the season, he was the top-ranked recruit of this very talented class with expectations through the roof.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a “Justin Edwards Game” just yet for Kentucky. He’s now been held to single digits in five of his last six games. He’s also been held to 13 points or fewer in 13 of 14 games, with his highest scoring output being 16 on 6/10 shooting vs. Texas A&M Commerce, currently ranked 299th at KenPom.

After the game, John Calipari took the stand and made sure everyone knew that Edwards’ emergence was coming soon enough.

It’s really important that this comes true, because while the Cats have been very good offensively without his production, just imagine what that could look like with the Justin Edwards we expected coming into the year as one of the best freshmen in America.

This team has a lot of weapons, which means Edwards has the ability to grow into his role, but as we get closer to NCAA Tournament time, he needs to have his moment.

In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how much leeway he gets in games. He only played 20 minutes tonight, which was the fewest of any starter by nine minutes.

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