Kentucky Basketball: John Calipari says Jarred Vanderbilt still not practicing with Cats

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari said Thursday he still doesn’t know whether 5-star freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt will play this season for the Wildcats.

Vanderbilt, who has been coming out and doing light shooting with the team before games at Rupp Arena, is still limited to individual work and has not practiced, Calipari said. Early in November, the coach hoped Vanderbilt would be back from his foot injury and working with the rest of the team by the end of this month.

That obviously still hasn’t happened. Vanderbilt twice injured his left foot in high school and injured it again on the eve of UK’s first practice of the season. Initially, the plan was surgery and a January return, but Vanderbilt has since seen a specialist and determined he didn’t need to go under the knife.

That renewed optimism that he would be back playing for the Wildcats sooner than later, but it remains unclear if he’ll suit up for Kentucky at all. Calipari said that decision “is his,” and if the 6-foot-9 McDonald’s All-American thinks it is best to try to play, he will.

This story will be updated with Calipari’s full thoughts on Vanderbilt.

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