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Six Times Jarred Vanderbilt Got Us Really Excited About Jarred Vanderbilt

Jarred Vanderbilt has arrived, ladies and gentlemen. You can put all of your worries, doubts and speculations to bed.

Vanderbilt made his long-awaited debut at South Carolina on Tuesday night in what was a pretty solid first game of his career. He came in a little too hot in the beginning, but once he settled down and eased those nerves, he showed lots of promise for the future.

As fans, we need to be patient with Vanderbilt as he eases his way into action in the midst of a tough SEC slate. He needs time to get adjusted and familiar with the game, but as Kevin Knox said in his postgame comments, “Once he gets the feel for it and gets the plays down, he’ll be a great addition to the team.”

Vanderbilt was already a great addition, if nothing else than as an extra body for a short-handed team in a ton of foul trouble. But he was more than a sub to relieve the regular cast; he also made some plays that gave everyone a glimpse of what he’ll bring to a Kentucky team that desperately needs him on the floor.

Watch six plays that got us really excited about Jarred Vanderbilt…


1. This pass to Nick Richards was a dart:

Confidence clearly isn’t an issue, and is he already the team’s best passer?

2. He was very unselfish in making this extra pass to Sacha Killeya-Jones:

That’s nice awareness for a guy playing his first minutes of college basketball. There are some other players on the team who wouldn’t even see Killeya-Jones in that moment.

3. He crashed the offensive glass:

Effort and energy will earn him a lot of playing time, considering some of his teammates often lack both.

4. Watch him get this rebound and go:

His ability to rebound and handle the ball, plus his vision, will lead to a lot of easy buckets in transition.

5. He swatted Chris Silva’s shot:

Perfect timing, all ball — not up in here.

6. He showed off a quick turnaround bucket inside too:


If inexperienced and out-of-shape Jarred Vanderbilt can do all that, I can’t wait to see what late-March Jarred Vanderbilt can do.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

29 Comments for Six Times Jarred Vanderbilt Got Us Really Excited About Jarred Vanderbilt

  1. RealCatsFan
    2:08 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    Just stay healthy, JV!

  2. 72uksprinter
    2:13 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    Really was an exceptional debut.
    One healthy game at a time…

  3. Cuck fards
    2:16 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    Dude a beast. If nothing else he looks the part

  4. 4everUKblue
    2:33 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    His energy was off the charts.

  5. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    2:36 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    Once Cal left him out when things got heated, they really flat out looked awful. I know it was crunch time and hes very raw, but other than Knox, he was the only bright spot on the offensive end! He got us flowing rather than the confused look we had when they threw the zone at us late in the game. No ball movement, no inside out game and he really got the ball and pushed the tempo when he got his energy calm. Shai looked like he was gassed and he had no change of pace like the games before which helped him excel. He was all slow motion last night and didnt get to spots like hes used too. That really was a game killer for us late when we needed some baskets. I thought the 1-2 punch he and Washington has developed would work last night and we just had zero identity on offense. Cant blame Shai though as hes worked his tail off lately, we need a full healthy team fast so Cal can see what does and doesnt work for us in March. Have patience folks, theres not a team with as much potential as us and hopefully it comes to fruition at the right time!

    • Underdog
      3:53 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

      Shai couldn’t do his normal thing because of 3 fouls. He had to play cautious defense and didn’t have the confidence to drive because the refs were calling charges.

      Basically we played that game most of the time without a PG or fully-functioning PG.

      I’m stoked about Jarred being back. Gosh, he looks good. Hope he gets in shape real quick. Hope we can get 20 minutes a game out of him for the next few games, and then maybe 25-30 minutes a month from now. He’s a pro. Could tell he was different from the others. Great dribbler, great court vision, hustler, and looked like he knew what was going on, like he was coaching the team.

  6. Go_Wildcats_Go
    3:14 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    Liked Jarred’s debut (aside from the score at the end). If he can lead by example, bring the energy and help influence some of his teammates the ceiling is high! Excited to have him playing now.

  7. RC
    3:20 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    I was there and he was really good after a shaky start. Was surprised Cal left him on the bench at the end instead of Hami.

    However, despite your description above, he CLOBBERED Silva on that block. Happened right in front of me and it was an obvious miss. Refs weren’t great last night but they completely missed an easy call on that one.

    • RC
      3:23 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

      SKJ might’ve been more guilty of the mugging, but either way it was a play we got away with. Was hard to see in real time which guy nailed him.

    • J-Dub421
      4:05 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

      Look at the first video. Richards got fouled about four times.

    • wyatts1
      7:31 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

      Your gonna bring up a foul that those idiot refs missed?? Seriously lol
      It was one of if not the worst officiated game I’ve ever seen, and it is what costed us that game. The free throws or bad offense or defense is mute to me cause everything was dictated by the refs. You expect some games will be called tight by the refs, however this wasn’t one of those games, UK walked into that gym with 2 fouls before ever touching the ball.

  8. Rabbi Li
    3:39 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    If Diallo keeps fighting Cal he might as well stay in the Coal Lodge and enjoy that soft bed.

  9. krautdog
    3:56 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    The floor leader we were looking for-GO CATS!

  10. Jiminy Crickets
    4:03 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    Did he have his knee wrapped at the end of the game? Looked like it, maybe it was cramps

    • kjd
      7:55 am January 18, 2018 Permalink

      TV showed one shot of trainer working with, what appeared to be, his upper shin below the knee. I thought he has a slight limp at one point also.

  11. Craig
    5:06 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    Frame rate on these is awful. Why 5fps gifs?

  12. Catcasey1
    6:19 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    He’s got BBN fired up about the future

  13. wyatts1
    7:27 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    That’s right, he’s a BEAST!! I’ve been saying this all season, and after seeing his mixtape he made while he was getting back from his “injury” I believe was sent out to show everyone he was ready, and willing to play. I’m happy now coach has took the chains off and let this kid ball, cause his attributes such as ball handleing, heart, ability to crash the glass,his energy, and just his never give up mentality is something his teammates will feed off of and completely changes the dynamic of this teams future. I’m not sure except for MKG if we’ve ever had such a player with the ball handling skills that this kid possess. But to say I’m hyped about this kid being put on the court is a understatment!! GOBIGBLUE!! 😎😎

  14. katmandue2you
    12:41 am January 18, 2018 Permalink

    About to make a strong statement, but I believe he immediately became the leader of the team. His skills, his energy, his intensity, and his urgency and the overall diversity and scope of his game make him the most well rounded player on the team and I observed this well before his 14 minutes of playing time expired. I was beyond impressed. It was obvious to me that he is on another level…certainly energy and intensity and versitility wise.

  15. blueblood4life
    12:50 am January 18, 2018 Permalink

    Could be our ticket to the final four ! This is no boy this is a man 🙂 Go BIG blue!

    • Angelo
      1:31 am January 18, 2018 Permalink

      Yes! Yes! Yes! 6′ 9″ point guard has a certain appeal!!

  16. Angelo
    1:29 am January 18, 2018 Permalink

    Awesome post Franklin!!

  17. makeitstop
    7:29 am January 18, 2018 Permalink

    Before we over-hype the poor kid, it was less than a half of basketball in a barren desolate wasteland of “basketball” and the 41 second spurts between fouls may have helped him, given having not played. Knox was great then disappeared and has now re-emerges at least on offense so we can expect two steps forward and one back. BUT he could be the anti-Nerlen Noel on a similar team similar year, getting your best player BACK for a February run not losing him. Could be like a key free agent signing for a pennant run, adding that missing piece but they still have to hit shots, many of them from that 15 line above the lane or we’ll get hammered by teams w fouls to give all year.

  18. Bleedblueky
    7:57 am January 18, 2018 Permalink

    He is already my favorite player on this team lol and yes, please stay HEALTHY, BBN need you and this team can’t go anywhere without your amazing talent/skill/effort

  19. RC
    11:52 am January 18, 2018 Permalink

    Look, I know that everyone can’t attend games in person. I’ve only been to a couple past few years but was fortunate to sit down low for both TXAM and USC. Refs could call a foul on every single play. Both teams. It’s brutal down low. Some games the refs are reasonable, others they are not. But the fouls added up on both teams at USC. The refs did not cost us that game. Sorry.

    UK is playing soft as charmin and until that changes we’re going to struggle.

    • J-Dub421
      2:11 pm January 18, 2018 Permalink

      And you’ve just illustrated the problem with basketball right now. It shouldn’t be “brutal down low.” This is basketball, not football or MMA. There is waaaayyyyy too much contact and it has changed the game for the worse.

  20. jaws2
    12:11 pm January 18, 2018 Permalink

    The best thing about his being in the game was how FAST he made all the other players look!!! I couldn’t even see the ball he throws so hard to Richards! Unfortunately, SC was playing just as fast!

  21. makeitstop
    9:42 pm January 18, 2018 Permalink

    I used to represent a pro b-ball team and sat in the “Nicholson” seats and u can’t believe how much contact there is – No Boys Allowed is real! U better be ready to play through contact not just at the basket or in the lane but end to end. NCAA is not the pros, refs are amateurs, and that’s part of the problem: one night’s foul is another night’s block. It’s like golfers say “putt on MY greens.” These refs are clowns, roofers, realtors, and players can’t get used to the inconsistency – certainly not in a year, let alone a game! We have to get guys ready for the phyisavl play in the NBA and at the same time teach them to back off it’s being called tight and that’s a helluva lift for a pro let alone a kid.

  22. makeitstop
    9:48 pm January 18, 2018 Permalink

    One solution: networks provide refs from a pro pool. Another, coaches get to strike bad refs from a list for their games like arbitrators or jurors. U can’t have 58 fouls and sell beer and cars AND u can’t teach kids. It’s not a good product. Sanity has to prevail! There’s an answer out there that may not be perfect but it can’t be worse than what we hv seen recently.