The mystery surrounding Jemarl Baker continues. We didn’t see the shooting guard last season and it’s been more of the same this year. The redshirt freshman guard from Menifee, Calif., hasn’t entered a game and that doesn’t seem like it will change on Sunday when the Cats host VMI.
Tony Barbee gave us an ambiguous update on Friday.
“He’s in-and-out of practice right, so it’s hit or miss with Jemarl,” Barbee said.
Forget Sunday, the quotes we’ve been given the last few days makes me think we won’t see Baker for an extended period of time.John Calipari was even more pessimistic after Wednesday’s win over North Dakota.
“He hadn’t been on the practice floor, at all,” Calipari said. “I think he shot around yesterday and the day before but he has not practiced at all since (the Blue/White scrimmage).”
UK Athletics has told the media it’s soreness in his knee, which is vague but concerning given he missed the entire 2017-2018 season with a knee injury.
Baker wasn’t someone that was expected to get a great deal of playing time this season so it won’t hurt UK’s longterm expectations if he’s sidelined again, but most Kentucky fans are anxious to see what he can bring to the table. We know he can shoot, but we want to see it in live action.
Get well soon, Jemarl.
Here’s Tony Barbee’s complete Q&A, per UK Athletics: