As you might expect, whether or not Jarred Vanderbilt will play was the hottest question in the locker room today. Vanderbilt has missed the past five games with an ankle injury, but was dressed for practice, which is set to take place right after the media session. How’s that ankle/foot feeling?
“It’s feeling better,” Vanderbilt told me.
Will he be able to play this weekend?
John Calipari did not sound as optimistic when he arrived at the podium.
“I’m going to watch him today in the shootaround,” Cal said. “He just keeps coming to me, ‘I can do this.’ It’s hard to play a guy that’s going to play 80 to 90 percent in these kind of environments. It’s just hard. The game is played at a high level. When you talk Kansas State, they’re physical, they play hard, they fly and then if they don’t have it, they grind. It’s hard walking into a game like that.”
“My guess is no, but it would be nice to have him there,” Cal concluded. “Last game, we had foul trouble. You have that guy there that you could put it, it would be nice.”
UPDATE: Not surprisingly, the open practice told us very little. While Vanderbilt was dressed, all he did was dribble and cheer on his teammates, who went through typical shootaround drills: