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Washington on Vanderbilt’s Missed Putbacks: "We all give him hell about that"

Jarred Vanderbilt came up big for Kentucky in the final minutes of the Cats’ 81-71 victory over Alabama. In the last four minutes of the game, Vanderbilt sealed the win with a dunk, a layup, a tip-in and two strong rebounds. He finished the day just shy of a double-double, with a career-high 11 points plus nine rebounds.

But just because he sunk those big buckets late in the second half doesn’t mean he was hot for the entire game. At the end of the first half, he was 0-3 from the field with four rebounds and two fouls. Worst of all, he committed a few of those costly errors that led to missed (should be) gimme-baskets, a common occurrence for Vanderbilt.

“I’ve probably never missed that many lay-ups,” Vanderbilt said. “Probably I’m number one in the country in missed layups within five feet or something like that. But I try to just keep playing hard, rebounding, do everything else my team needs me to do.”

And Vanderbilt isn’t the only player on the team who’s noticed his issue with the close baskets.

I feel like every put-back, he misses, so we all give him hell about that,” PJ Washington said with a laugh. “He’s a great player, and, I mean, he’s going to miss put-backs, we’re all going to miss them. We’ve just got to keep fighting when he does that.”

Check out a few of Vanderbilt’s final plays below (minus any missed lay-ups).


Article written by Maggie Davis

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11 Comments for Washington on Vanderbilt’s Missed Putbacks: "We all give him hell about that"

  1. henderblue
    5:48 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Love his efforts on the glass. Maybe he just needs to slow down a hair worth the ball in his hands. I think the brain gets a little ahead of the body for him. But I love his effort

    • Bobbum Man
      6:20 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Yup, he plays with a whole lot of energy and I think it gets the best of him sometimes in those finesse situations… but he’ll get there, keep in mind this guy still hasn’t been back all that long

  2. Parker_UKFanNC
    5:49 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Hopefully his makes at the end of the game give him the confidence to rediscover his finesse around the rim.

  3. makeitstop
    6:21 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Back to the WVU game where he started playing real minutes consistently, he’s played about 14 minutes pee game, and averaged over 7 boards per game BUT what’s really impressive is his numbers adjusted for 40 minutes: 14 points and 18 rebounds, over one block. And he generally does not turn it over. Guy’s shooting under 35%… when that gets to 50%, and it will, or higher, as his minutes creep up to 25-30, he’s going to be a load. IMO, he’ll be averaging double doubles by the SEC tourney (not for the year) but for the last few games if his minutes can just be stretched a little more. He’s the key.

  4. timewilltell
    7:16 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe Vanderbilt should give PJ some grief over his 5 turnovers. 5 turnovers from a power forward! And ask him to please stop shooting jumpers. He’s not made one in 3 months.

  5. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    7:40 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    As much as he irritates me sometimes how can you not love a kid who shows that kind of humility. At least he’s number 1 in something.

  6. jim tom
    7:41 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Love his effort. Wish we had 3 more of him

    • timewilltell
      7:55 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Well you told all of us how much you know about basketball.

    • jim tom
      8:23 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      More than you. Go back to your basement

  7. jim tom
    8:12 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Whatever fanboy. Go hate on someone else

  8. chris43
    10:23 am February 18, 2018 Permalink

    Washington giving Vanderbilt hell?!? Come on give me a break! Vanderbilt is twice the player Washington is! Washington makes 5 bonehead plays and finally makes a decent play and it’s flex time! Vanderbilt plays with a ton of heart and effort and that’s all you can ask of a player. His offense will come. Here’s to hoping he returns next year.