LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball has been the walking wounded lately. After last weekend, the Wildcats had four scholarship players out with varying degrees of injury. Coach John Calipari on Friday updated the status of Jarred Vanderbilt (foot), Sacha Killeya-Jones (ankle) and Quade Green (eye).
Calipari said he expects both Killeya-Jones, who sat out Saturday against Monmouth, and Green, who left the game early after being poked in the eye, to play this weekend against Virginia Tech. Both have returned to practice, Calipari said.
He added that Vanderbilt has been good in individual workouts but “he will have to prove to me” that he can play at a high level without putting himself at risk.
Neither Vanderbilt nor Jemarl Baker — a 5-star freshman forward and 4-star freshman shooting guard — has played of the Wildcats this season. Vanderbilt is trying to come back after the third injury to his left foot since high school and recently began individual workouts with assistant coach Kenny Payne. Baker had a procedure on his knee before the season and was given a three-month timeline for return.
This story will be updated with full quotes shortly.
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