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Nate Sestina suffers wrist injury in practice

Kentucky Basketball cannot catch a break. On this morning’s Kentucky Sports Radio, Ryan Lemond reported that Nate Sestina suffered a wrist injury in practice last night, the latest in a string of maladies to plague the Cats thus far. John Calipari confirmed the news on Twitter, telling fans Sestina will be out approximately four weeks. In a press release, UK said Sestina fractured his left wrist and will have surgery this morning.

“Nate goes to shoot a layup, it gets blocked, he falls back, goes to stop himself, breaks his wrist, hand. Out three to four — approximately — weeks,” Cal said.

According to Ryan, Sestina could be out until March.

“It’s so bad he’s going to be out months,” Lemond said. “I heard even out until March. It’s that bad.”

Through six games, Sestina is averaging 7.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 27.8 minutes per game. With both Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery missing time due to injuries, he’s been an integral piece of Kentucky’s frontcourt, which just got even thinner.

If you’re keeping track at home, here are all the injuries Kentucky has faced this year:

  • Dontaie Allen — knee (still out)
  • Nick Richards — ankle
  • Ashton Hagans — leg
  • EJ Montgomery — ankle
  • Immanuel Quickley — chest

Now we can add Nate’s wrist to that list. Dangit.

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36 Comments for Nate Sestina suffers wrist injury in practice



  1. az1006
    10:15 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    Lemond says 3-4 months, Cal says 4 weeks. One is not like the other



  2. meeksfor3
    10:18 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    There have been so many what could have been scenarios due to injuries since Cal has been here. I mean we have had enough significant injuries for 3 schools.



    • Lip Man 1
      12:19 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

      Yet Cal refuses to recruit any reasonable depth for his teams. Doesn’t make any sense to me.



    • CJKAssassin123
      2:39 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

      He did,everyone he tried to get went else where to play closer to home(bunch of momma’s boys) by the time all that happened all of the 3and 4 star recruits from in state and out of state had already committed and signed with other schools leaving no one else for Cal to get for frontcourt depth. As a result get ready for a lot of small ball which I think could work.



  3. DelrayCat
    10:22 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    EJ gonna have to step up. Same with Brooks/Whitney. All 3 get those minutes.



    • IrishCat
      10:44 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

      It’s on all 3 of those guys. We’re going to need at least two of them to be solid each night, all 3 to be special.



  4. RealCatsFan
    10:23 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    Left wrist or right? There is a huge difference in whether it is his shooting hand.



    • makeitstop
      11:40 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

      That would be helpful to know! My guess is left bc he’s a right hander and almost always shoots that way, so his off hand – u would think – breaks the fall. And some fractures do heal without much time out. I’d bet Cal’s talked to the doctor and seen the x-day and Lemond heard a pop and got grossed out. My bet is on Cal’s timeline.



    • Bluehender
      12:21 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

      I broke my right wrist playing racquetball. My shot was never the same. Hope it’s the left one



    • makeitstop
      12:46 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

      The update is…. left wrist.



  5. JTHinton
    10:29 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    At this point (and as a disclaimer, I love Cal) I trust Lemond more.



  6. David85777
    10:30 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    Get well soon dude. We needed another big desperately and Cal failed to get one.



    • StuckinLville
      11:12 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

      And how is that fault? He brought in Sestina didn’t he? Guys choose to go other places he cant help that.



  7. 4everUKBlue
    10:44 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Nate!



  8. WKY Cat
    10:47 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    Recruit deeper teams



    • taylorsvillecat
      10:53 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

      What happened to being Big Man U ?



    • RealCatsFan
      11:03 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

      It became point guard U. Always has been under Cal, actually…



    • Lip Man 1
      12:20 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly correct!



  9. Aar
    11:10 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    I hate it for Sestina. He was starting to get more effective at guarding quicker players. I was looking forward to him getting to work on rebounding and shooting, spreading the floor. Hope he heals thoroughly and with no setbacks before continuing with the bright career he has ahead. Secondarily, I hope he heals on a timeline that helps this team in whatever way possible.



  10. CrystalBall
    11:13 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    More valuable playing time for Brooks. Should help him. Will really need him playing strong before tourney time.



  11. Han
    11:16 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    Gonna need Whitney and Brooks to step up.

    Something tells me we’ll have 12-13 scholarships filled next year. Cal may not have fully learned his lesson with the NIT year, or with two years ago with Vanderbilt and Baker injured and foul trouble/injuries killing us up front, but you know he’s learned it now.



  12. CJKAssassin123
    11:25 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    Huge loss!!! Fans start getting used to seeing Ben Jordan!!!



    • Bluehender
      12:24 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

      They won’t see him unless they go to practice. Brooks, Whitney and Montgomery will get those minutes



  13. JPhelps
    11:32 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    Tough lesson for Cal. He thought he had Wiseman in the bag until Penny bought him.

    When you have 2 post players leave, you have to replace them. I hope it’s not 3 months but with fractures, it’s likely



  14. secrick
    11:47 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    We seem to have the same thing the football team seems to have every year but now it’s happening to both.



  15. makeitstop
    11:50 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    Truth is, he was an insurance policy, a veteran and bridge to the future until Brooks or Whitney learn how to fit into this system on both ends. His minutes made Nick better by giving him a break while EJ and he held down the front court. That timeline just got accelerated. No choice now, Whitney or Brooks need to figure it out. If we keep shooting and the guards rebound like they should, EJ and one of those 2 could hold down the front court without Nick for 8-10 minutes a game in 2-3 minute, 4-5 possession stretches. Until we play OSU and UL… Then there’s 5 on 5 who can all play and no one can afford an off game. Margin for error, gone.



    • CJKAssassin123
      2:46 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

      uofL will likely be #1 when they play us at Rupp! Probably take the #1 ranking on Monday hope have the same success that we did as the #1 team!



  16. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    11:50 am November 27, 2019 Permalink

    At least it is only 3 to 4 weeks. We can survive that.



    • CJKAssassin123
      2:44 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

      It’s likely going to March until we get him back. Which might actually work out for us.



  17. Kevin C
    12:02 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

    FFS….this is the most injury-prone team Cal has ever had.



    • KYCat4EVER
      2:15 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

      True! But Injuries are part of sport and unless a coach is promoting his players in to risking injuries by mismanagement in practice or games, there is no blame on Coach PROCESS for this!

      It’s NEXT MAN UP!

      GO BIG BLUE!



  18. Lip Man 1
    12:17 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

    Sure would be nice to have some actual depth on the team instead of a bunch of walk on’s who’ll never see the court in a meaningful situation…oh wait, Cal doesn’t believe in that because it may hurt attracting more NBA bound kids in the following year’s recruiting class. If non-NBA guys stay that could hurt their playing time…certainly can’t have that can we?

    UK has been getting hit by key injuries over the past few years as I recall, this is not just a “one shot” deal…maybe Cal will learn from this…but I doubt it.



    • tncatrn
      12:52 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

      Right we dont want the best players just “meh” ones…that makes sense. Cal has always save for one season had about a 7 man rotation. U think those other meh players want to wait around 3 or 4 years to even see the floor…the “culture” of college basketball is the one and done. It isnt just the culture of Cal je saw the writing on the wall and has capitalized on it. He ain’t worried about pleasing the fans that dont get what the landscape of college basketball actually looks like…maybe u will learn from this…but I doubt it



    • 4everUKBlue
      1:47 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

      Learn what from this? Cal recruited several other players we didn’t get, if you keep up with recruiting you would know that.



  19. CwoodCat
    6:25 pm November 27, 2019 Permalink

    Hate it for Nate. But let’s be honest, both Whitney and Brooks have higher ceilings and will now get the minutes to develop. Nate was/is really limited defensively and has been consistently rebounded over (even tipped in a bucket for the other team last game). Cal has been loyal to him over some of the other guys…similar to how he was loyal Andrew Harrison when the more effective PG was on the bench. This at least forces Cal to play other guys and concentrate on their development.