The Kentucky basketball program relies on talented freshman recruits more than anyone else in the country.
When the Wildcats signed freshman Jarred Vanderbilt, he figured to be an important piece to their season in 2017-2018. Unfortunately, they’ll have to figure out how to get along without him for the first three months of the year.
According to a release from the team, Vanderbilt will miss at least three months after sustaining an injury to his left foot. The McDonalds All-American will require surgery, and has a January return date in mind.
Standing 6-foot-9, Vanderbilt is one of the most athletic freshman in the country this season. His ability to play defense and pass effectively were integral to the Wildcats gameplay this year.
“I just want to let the Big Blue Nation know I’m going to be fine and looking forward to coming back better than ever,” Vanderbilt said in the release.
The talented Houston native suffered the injury during a team drill on Friday.
Vanderbilt was a consensus top 20 recruit in the country, with a number of sources putting him in the top 10. At one of the premier events for young talent in the country, the Nike Hoop Summit, he posted 19 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 8 of 12 from the field.
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