The Kentucky basketball team is taking a one-week break from on-campus activities, sources tell KSR.
After Terrence Clarke was seen out at a basketball event this afternoon – a fan posted a picture with the Kentucky guard with the caption, “Met my guy [Terrence Clarke] today” – several parents confirmed with KSR that the team was headed home.
While the team is headed home, several parents confirmed with KSR that the one-week hiatus is “just a break” and not COVID-19 related. Thus far, Kentucky basketball’s on-campus “bubble” has been widely successful, as players have been kept isolated to the Joe Craft Center and the Wildcat Coal Lodge.
As of today, the plan is to bring players back next weekend, with two parents confirming with KSR that the players will be returning on Sunday, August 9th.
Players originally arrived on campus starting June 28, with Isaiah Jackson being the last to arrive on July 19.
On a Zoom call with reporters back on July 14, UK head coach John Calipari said that Kentucky’s bubble was “as good as it gets anywhere.”
“We’re just trying to guard against all that stuff. We’re unique,” he said. “We’re in the lodge, where they’re in a single room with a single bathroom. They walk across the parking lot, they’re in a sterile gym that no one else is using. No one else is in the building. Weight training, conditioning is outside so now all of a sudden, the meals, they’re box meals. The chef makes them, leave them out. If we’re ordering meals away from campus, they’re delivered outside and left. No one breaks in to the building.
“You’ve got a sterile bubble that’s as good as it gets anywhere. Now, we’ve got to say, okay, they’ve been negative for this period of time. They’re like a family now. They should be able to be together and if they want to do certain things, but we’ve got to go again with the science and what the campuses and the SEC — the SEC has been probably the most limiting of all the leagues out there for basketball.”
After a week off, the plan is to get players back on campus, re-seal the bubble, and resume on-court action.