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John Calipari Provides Jarred Vanderbilt Update

Will Jarred Vanderbilt return to play in the Atlanta Regional?  John Calipari is still unsure.

This morning Cal teased the Big Blue Nation on Twitter. “I’m looking forward to seeing @JVando today to see how far he’s come along.”  Unfortunately, it was just a tease.  Calipari did not meet with the team today.  Assistant coaches ran individual workouts and he asked them to report back to him on how Jarred looked on the court.

“It would be nice to have one more guy.  It makes us a different team,” Cal said on his call-in show. Vanderbilt makes UK better in a variety of ways.  Most importantly, he gives the Cats another body in the interior, something they desperately needed when they ran into foul trouble against Buffalo.

“He gives you one more,” he said he hopes Vanderbilt could at least be used in case of emergency.  “It may be we don’t need to play him, but I want to see if he can play.”

Just like Kentucky, Kansas State is dealing with an injury.  Dean Wade, the Wildcats’ leading scorer, is dealing with a stress fracture and told the media he’s 98 percent certain to play against UK.  Calipari will prepare for K-State by watching film from before and after Wade’s injury.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

26 Comments for John Calipari Provides Jarred Vanderbilt Update



  1. maximumscott
    6:41 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    At this stage, this seems like Coach strategy. Does Cal owe anyone a response on the health and status of a player before a game? Like, are there rules for that to establish eligibility of said player?



    • GM1978
      6:53 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      Absolutely not…..I’d do the same thing if I were Cal—NFL requires injuries to be disclosed, NCAA doesn’t



  2. unbridled
    6:54 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    I find the situation and comments to be perplexing….but oh well. Hopefully Vando is healthy and ready to go. If not, let’s ball. I love my team.



  3. TreyTingle
    7:13 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Cal is the mentalist come March. All this with Nick Richards and Hami getting the starts to now Hami having success. All this stuff is a mental game and Cal is winning at it!



  4. michaelb
    7:21 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Vando should only serve as a back up post player right now. The current chemistry of uk’s = sizzling.



    • CatManDo
      7:33 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, my hope is around 5 minutes per half just to spell guys and eat boards.



    • michaelb
      8:01 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      Yes , our coach will play it just right … for what we’re doing as a team right now (offensively) that’s what he’s best suited to do right now



  5. jrdh13
    7:50 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Is the kstate guy trying to make fun of us?



  6. Catlogic15
    7:51 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Cal sending a message to Vanderbilt?



  7. damage_control
    8:00 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Even though Gabriel & Sasha are doing great, looking at KSU’s rebounding struggles, Cals gotta be thinking they could really use him in this particular matchup.



    • michaelb
      8:02 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      If we are getting owned on the boards yes .



  8. michaelb
    8:05 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    We’re out rebounding every team we play with out him though … we steadily pull down 40-50 boards the last month



    • makeitstop
      9:23 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      We have been out rebounded on the offensive glass in EVERY GAME SINCE HE WENT OUT! And in 3 of the 5 games in total rebounds. We are NOT rebounding ok. We survive by shooting better and taking better care of the ball etc but we need his boards.



  9. Randall lee
    8:17 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Keith Bogan and cameron mills knew what it means to be wildcat.



    • HoptownBBN82
      8:34 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      Give me Jeff Sheppard. Sprained his ankle in the SEC tourney his senior year, missed one game, came back with his ankle black and blue but he still played because the team needed him.



    • BBNDan7
      9:56 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      Stfu Randall



  10. Swizzle
    8:32 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    He’s done at UK, lets move on with wenyen and skj.



  11. gasman01
    9:41 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Interesting to see what he does after the season. Can’t imagine he’ll be taken in the first round, but doubt he would come back either…



  12. makeitstop
    11:47 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Educated guess: If he doesn’t come back he’s a roll of the dice in a weak class for a GM. Could declare and not hire an agent and likely comes back unless he really shows them more offense than he’s shown us. If he does come back he’s a lottery pick next year and we are loaded. If he plays well the rest of the tourney he will go, but it’s because he got us to the finals and they saw his impact and his recovery… So he’s less risk. If he sits we probably see him next year but we can’t go all the way. We need his boards – getting destroyed since he went down on the offensive glass and all boards against teams w any size. Faustian deal?



  13. Randall lee
    4:55 am March 20, 2018 Permalink

    He’ll Probally break is wrist opening a water bottle.



  14. 3 fan
    8:17 am March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Haas from Purdue tried to play two days after breaking his freakin’ elbow!

    Vandy turns an ankle what, 3 weeks ago? Never in a boot. Looked fine walking through hotel BEFORE SEC tourney started. Jumping on bench with teammates after a big play.

    Just sayin….



  15. symphonist41169
    8:42 am March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Imagine if K-State, with Dean Wade’s foot stress fracture, was matched up against dUKe in this game:

    Coach Kryksmfgntdlfnalxmslski emerges in a cape from a fog-shrouded coffin with a copy of K-State game highlights on a 32 mm reel, looks around the dungeon and spots Grayson Allen among all the other players on all fours, anxiously panting and awaiting their master’s commands. “Grayson, ve must discuss which Dean Vade foot you must land on un das rebounding efforts…”



    • jaws2
      1:26 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      I can certainly see THIS happening!