Late last night, there were whispers that Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt suffered yet another injury, causing a panic throughout the entire Big Blue Nation.
This morning, KSR’s Matt Jones broke the news that the talented freshman indeed suffered an injury yesterday, but was listed as “day-to-day” for the SEC Tournament. No one had any idea the extent of the injury, the location, or what Vanderbilt’s true timetable was for return.
Later, Jones heard more good information about the injury, saying it is not as bad as originally thought and Kentucky is hopeful Vanderbilt will be able to play again this season. SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker also found out the injury was actually a right sprained ankle, throwing out worry of his problem left foot he had broken twice in high school and again before the season started.
Now, Vanderbilt’s father, Robert, has confirmed the positive news.
In an interview with Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader, Robert Vanderbilt said the injury wasn’t “serious.”
“As far as we know it’s just day to day,” said Vanderbilt. “We haven’t heard that it’s anything serious right now, no. Just day to day.”
When asked if it was his left foot, the Kentucky star’s father confirmed what Kyle Tucker heard earlier.
“No. It’s not that,” he said. “We’re just going day to day, and we’ll find out more information when we get there.”
It’s never good to see a player get injured, especially right before postseason play begins. Nonetheless, this is certainly huge for Kentucky’s fate in the NCAA tournament, and most importantly, Jarred Vanderbilt’s future in basketball.