Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

Jarred Vanderbilt Will Miss First Three Months of the Season

Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

The University of Kentucky announced that small forward Jarred Vanderbilt has suffered an injury that will force him to miss the first three months of the 2017-18 season.

Vanderbilt suffered a left foot injury yesterday during a team skill instruction period.  The injury will likely require surgery.  They expect Vanderbilt to return by January.

“I just want to let the Big Blue Nation know I’m going to be fine and looking forward to coming back better than ever,” Vanderbilt said in a press release. “I’ve had some setbacks before and I’ve come back from all of them. After talking with my doctor and my family, I feel good about the plan they have in place for me. I’m anxious to get this right and return to my team so I can put this behind me for good. I can’t wait to get back to my brothers and help us compete for a national championship this season.”

Coach Cal’s primary concern is Vanderbilt’s long-term health.

“Jarred has been unbelievable since he stepped on campus,” UK head coach John Calipari  said. “He’s improved tremendously the last four months. Unfortunately, we learned late last night that he’s going to miss some time to get his foot healthy. I’m disappointed for Jarred, but only because I know how badly he wanted to get this season started. I’m OK because I know this is what’s best for him.

“As I told Jarred, my concern for him is getting this thing right and getting him healthy for the rest of his career. We’ll miss him on the court, but I want what’s best for him and his family, and right now that’s taking care of this injury and making sure he doesn’t have to worry about it again. With the motor and worth ethic I’ve seen from him, I have no doubt he’s going to be better than ever when he returns and will provide us with a huge lift in conference play. Now it’s up to his teammates to hold the fort down until he gets back.”

The only good news is that Vanderbilt has plenty of teammates to hold down the fort.  In his place, Calipari will rely on Wenyen Gabriel, Kevin Knox, Sacha Killeya-Jones and P.J. Washington to fill the void.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

34 Comments for Jarred Vanderbilt Will Miss First Three Months of the Season



  1. kentuckyhoops
    11:45 am September 30, 2017 Permalink

    🙏🏻



  2. kentuckyhoops
    11:46 am September 30, 2017 Permalink

    🙏🏻🔵⚪️



  3. kenny
    11:46 am September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Come back like a beast in February. Good luck to the young man.



  4. patrickn9023
    11:48 am September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Sad to hear. Classic Cal response. Love having a coach like Cal at a time like this.



  5. BobNWeaver
    11:57 am September 30, 2017 Permalink

    No one should doubt that Cal will do whatever is best for his Players! I would want my son to play for a coach like Cal!



  6. BCO
    12:05 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Out of all the new guys, Jarred was the one I was most excited to see. I think his pro-potential is through the roof, and even though we’re stacked at the 3/4, we really coulda used him early in the season. Hopefully he’ll be able to come in and play, but missing that much time could really limit his ability for production the entire year.

    Prayers sent up, get well soon JV!



  7. UKLugo
    12:11 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Sounds like a possible misdiagnosis of original injury.



  8. Lip Man 1
    12:17 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    And……..we’re off and running on the 2017-2018 season. Ugh.



    • BBNDan7
      12:38 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      You act like we always have terrible seasons lol



    • runningunnin.454
      12:44 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      And…….so is UL.
      Hoping for a rapid recovery for JV.



    • Lip Man 1
      3:00 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      Dan: Like Cal himself has said a thousand times already, he’s never had a team this young. He needs all the able bodies he can get. This does not help his situation does it?

      Plus as secretive as everyone was over the kid’s initial injury this past spring I suspect there’s something more going on with that foot. If it is a stress related injury those things never really heal…just ask Bill Walton.



  9. maximumscott
    12:35 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    We all know that March is only thing that matters. Plently of time to get into the rotation and make an impact for a run.



  10. AmazzzingLarry
    12:47 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Anyone know if this is the same foot he injured at the Jordan Brand Classic? It’s worrisome that no details were given about the nature of the injury on either occasion. I hope he can get this cleared up for goo this time.



    • runningunnin.454
      12:54 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      Different foot; but he’s had problems in HS; don’t know about those.



  11. J-Dub421
    12:51 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Well, that sucks. Get well soon Jarred.



  12. IAmTheDanger
    1:19 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Sad to hear this for Jarred, really like this kids attitude! On the positive side, this means he will most likely be back for the ’18 -’19 season which could shape up to be a MONSTER year!!



    • catsarerunnin
      1:29 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      Oh my!!!!



    • callitlikeiseeit
      2:00 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      He will not be back, just means he will be 1/2 and done.



    • IAmTheDanger
      3:17 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      Diallo was supposedly a half and done WITHOUT an injury.



    • callitlikeiseeit
      2:01 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      And it actually makes it less likely he would come back because if he is healthy at draft time he would not want to risk another injury.



    • IAmTheDanger
      4:04 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      Insurance $$



  13. serdi
    1:30 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    I hope Jarred is not a 2017 version of Kent Hollenbeck back in the late 60s early 70s. Hollenbeck had a stress fracture in his foot, and reinjured it several times. Never fully recovered. I am of the opinion that a health Kent Hollenbeck would have him mentioned today as one of the best guards to play at UK.

    Best of luck for a complete recovery to Jarred.



    • runningunnin.454
      1:32 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      Sam Bowie, too.



    • IAmTheDanger
      1:45 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      Bowie is one of the nicest guys you will meet….ive seen him at keeneland a a few times over the years and will always say and even stop and talk if he’s not in a hurry. 1st class guy with some bad breaks (literally and figuratively).



  14. bosshogg24
    2:45 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Jarred has tooth pick legs and appears to be injury prone, I never expected him to get to play much at UK!



  15. Randall lee
    2:53 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Vanderbrittle



  16. STX2004Champs
    3:07 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 God has a plan for everyone. #neverDoubt



  17. STX2004Champs
    3:09 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    👌🏽👏🏽MaximScott



  18. STX2004Champs
    3:09 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    *maximumScott



  19. Randall lee
    3:13 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Reminds me of the Samuel l Jackson character in Mr glass in the movie unbreakable.



  20. Catfan4life-original
    4:37 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Get well soon Jarred! It could be worse…you could play for University-6. Always look on the bright side.



  21. BigBlue4EverUK
    5:06 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    We never had a recruit with a big injury like this since Cal been coaching. A foot injury is something that can stick with you through out you’re career. Hope he bounce back strong



  22. Kat4Life
    12:27 pm October 1, 2017 Permalink

    Damn….. this kid has had foot issues since the All-Star games of the summer. I wonder if his injury is related to his previous problems