Jemarl Baker’s recovery from a preseason knee operation has been well documented, both here on A Sea of Blue and on other publications.
Every report that has come out makes it less and less likely that Baker will see any playing time this season. Late last week, Baker made an appearance on the Kentucky Kernal’s podcast and basically confirmed what everyone has been reporting this season. He is recovering, but slowly.
“I don’t even have a set date or anything now,” said Baker of his recovery. He did however have some positive news to report. “I’m back to working out and it’s feeling pretty good.” That is definitely a positive sign even if there is still a long way to go.
Baker has teased us a times in pregame warmups, but I don’t think there was every a question that his recovery was going to be a long one.
Jemarl Baker is out shooting... Cal says Baker won't play anytime soon, but stroke is smooth pic.twitter.com/staLXV2s1P— Steve Moss (@smosswkyt) December 16, 2017
Baker is focused on his recovery and also on how he can support the team while he’s not on the court. “When I’m at home games, I just try to do my best to cheer them on, stand up when someone hits a three, stand up when they throw a lob and get a dunk and just try to encourage them.”
Baker’s presence on the court has been missed this season, especially of late as the Cats have struggled from behind the arc. Baker averaged 17.1 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game as a high school senior. He also made 94 threes.
It is looking more and more like Jemarl Baker won’t suit up for the Kentucky Wildcats this year, but this is a positive update and hopefully Big Blue Nation will be able to see him play and make an impact next season.
You can listen to the full podcast episode here.