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Tony Barbee talks Cats and VMI, updates Jemarl Baker’s status

How Kentucky was used to seeing Jemarl Baker

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:


Article written by TJ Walker

4 Comments for Tony Barbee talks Cats and VMI, updates Jemarl Baker’s status

  1. J. Did
    3:22 pm November 16, 2018 Permalink

    It is mysterious. And I pray for him.

    However, we need the Jermarl-lboro man!

    Every kid on this team contributes.

    You play, you don’t play.

    Just being there in the gym – there is an impact. Positive impact.

    It’s part of being on a team.

    And, if you are on KENTUCKY’s team?


    Good things will happen.

    GO CATS!

  2. Grazilla
    3:54 pm November 16, 2018 Permalink

    The quest continues
    Jemarl, show us your true spirit
    We need three goggles

  3. RealCatsFan
    4:16 pm November 16, 2018 Permalink

    Jemarl Vanderbilt 2.0? Sure hope the kid gets better soon – it has to be killing him to have to watch the action from the bench. Knee injuries suck. Good luck to him.

  4. JASUN74
    6:04 pm November 16, 2018 Permalink

    I sure hope he can get to 100% before he tries to go out there. Don’t need to hurt it worse to try to please the fans. HE will become a nice player before it all said and done here. Good luck young man and keep shooting!