Jarred Vanderbilt was one of the two Kentucky Wildcats available to the media before Monday’s practice, his first time doing interviews since the preseason.
Obviously there was a lot to talk about since we last heard from Vanderbilt, including the decision to return to action when he did. To that, he said, “I wanted to play it safe. I wanted to make sure I was ready to play — physically, mentally. Basically, I just wanted to make sure me, my parents, and Cal were all on the same page.”
Vanderbilt missed the first 17 games of his career with the mysterious foot injury, but he played 27 minutes over the course of Kentucky’s last two games. When asked about how his foot is holding up now that he is back to basketball, Vanderbilt told reporters, “It felt good. It’s getting better by the day. The main thing right now is just getting in shape.”
As for the position Vanderbilt expects to play most now that he is available, he said he is open to doing whatever is best for Kentucky.
“Anywhere he wants me,” he said. “1 through 5. I’m versatile. I can play multiple positions. Anywhere I can be to make the team more successful, that’s where I’ll be.”