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Jemarl Baker has been upgraded to “limited,” season status still in question

How Kentucky was used to seeing Jemarl Baker

After weeks of little to no information, we finally got our first update on the injury status of Kentucky shooting guard Jemarl Baker.

During his weekly call-in radio show, John Calipari announced the redshirt freshman has been upgraded from “out” to “limited” at practice, working harder and getting more active on the floor with his teammates.

Good news, right? Well, not exactly.

When asked whether or not Baker would play at all this season, Calipari said he wasn’t exactly sure.

“You know, I don’t know,” he said. “It went from “out” on the (practice) sheet to “limited.” Being on the court for a long period of time, he just hasn’t done it.”

That’s not to say he’s pessimistic about his chances, however. In fact, he said Baker has been happy with his progress, just needs to get the conditioning right in practice without the flare-ups.

“Hopefully, though,” Calipari said. “He’s saying he’s getting better, now we’ve just got to get him to the point where he can stay up with these guys. You get behind the action, haven’t been in games like that.”

For a group Calipari deemed his “best three-point shooting team” since he arrived in Lexington, the Kentucky head coach is hopeful one of his best shot makers can return to game action sooner rather than later.

“Let’s hope, we could use one more guy, especially a guy that can make outside shots,” he said.

On November 23, Baker told former Kentucky legend and UK Countdown to Tipoff co-host Rex Chapman that he hoped to be cleared by Wednesday, November 28, and at the very latest, Saturday, December 1.

Two days after his announced deadline, and his status for the entire season is now up in the air.



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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15 Comments for Jemarl Baker has been upgraded to “limited,” season status still in question

  1. BlueWildcat_99
    7:41 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    At this point I assume the poor kid has had at least three knee replacements and Cal just feels sorry for him.

  2. CoachCat
    7:43 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    It’s the same as Vanderbilt. He’s not going to play. The exact cause won’t ever be explained. Yada yada yada

    • BallDontLie
      7:54 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

      I think the main difference here is that this kid isn’t saving himself to go get drafted next summer. Not to say thats exactly what happened with vanderbilt. But, its not really the same. And the cause has been explained, even in this article, its knee soreness.

    • CoachCat
      9:24 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

      Just like Vanderbilt had a high ankle sprain right. Keep on dreaming. Knee soreness lol. Yeah. I know that would sideline anyone at this level

    • bigbluebanana
      7:07 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

      Coach, I’d be interested in hearing your theory as to what’s actually going on.

    • BigolBlue
      8:06 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink


  3. N-UR-i
    7:49 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Josh Pascal overcame cancer in less time.

  4. Bigblue7982
    8:06 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink


  5. KYjellyRoll
    9:48 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    You can’t really compare these guys. Baker has a knee problem…I wouldn’t risk it either. You can sit and assume all day, fact of the matter is…he isn’t ready yet so cal isn’t going to put him on the court to hurt his knee worse or cost the teAm.

  6. Irish son
    10:30 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    I secretly think the kid is now an amputee but Cal is keeping it on the down low until he graduates

  7. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    11:11 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Get well soon Jemarl. Most of us actually hope what is best for you and while we would love for you to get out on the floor and dominate we wouldn’t want it to come at the expense of your long term health. God bless and we look forward to seeing you in action over the next few years.

    • JASUN74
      1:36 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

      Amen. I think we must have more Doctors on this comment section, than they’ve got at the University of Kentucky Hospital!!

  8. Racerr11
    8:05 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Yea we have some really intelligent fans …..not. Thank goodness theres only a select few that think they know it all. I hope he gets to play this year and wish him the best of luck.