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.