As we head into the final stretch of the season, the inevitable question of who will go pro and who will stay starts to creep in. Right now, Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are Kentucky’s top pro prospects, but Jarred Vanderbilt’s athleticism may be enough for a team to take a chance on him despite limited action due to injuries this season. Kyle Tucker spoke to ESPN NBA Draft analyst Mike Schmitz, who said that Vanderbilt would be better off returning to school to put together a complete season to impress the scouts.
“If he were to enter the draft, he would probably be picked somewhere in the second round. But he’s still only 18 years old and has room to improve, so with the injury stuff, it would benefit him to go back to Kentucky and prove some things.”
Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but more pressing for Kentucky fans is whether or not Vanderbilt plays in the NCAA Tournament. Calipari seemed doubtful that the freshman would be able to play this weekend, and yesterday, he still had a noticeable limp as he walked out to the bus in Lexington:
Here's my shot of Jarred Vanderbilt walking to the team's bus this afternoon on the way to the airport. Hard to tell with him in the back of this group, but still looks like he's limping a bit. #VandoWatch pic.twitter.com/hSVtAaFnos
— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) March 13, 2018
Or maybe that’s just how he walks? Hopefully we’ll find out more once Kentucky takes the floor to practice in Boise this afternoon around 5:25 p.m. ET. Until then, check out Schmitz’s complete thoughts on Vanderbilt at the link below.