UK Men's Basketball

Jarred Vanderbilt’s father says son’s injury not serious, unrelated to past setbacks

Jarred Vanderbilt is the Cats’ leading rebounder this season, despite limited minutes off the bench.
Jarred Vanderbilt is the Cats’ leading rebounder this season, despite limited minutes off the bench. aslitz@herald-leader.com

The injury suffered by UK freshman Jarred Vanderbilt in practice Tuesday is not expected to be serious and is not related to the health issue that delayed his college debut, his father told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday afternoon.

“As far as we know it’s just day to day,” said Robert Vanderbilt. “We haven’t heard that it’s anything serious right now, no. Just day to day.”

UK has confirmed that Vanderbilt was injured Tuesday but has not specified the exact nature of the injury. A UK official told the Herald-Leader earlier in the day that Vanderbilt was not expected to practice Wednesday and would be considered “day to day” for the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Wildcats’ first game in the tournament is Friday afternoon.

Vanderbilt — a 6-foot-9 forward — has had multiple injury issues in the past and missed the first 17 games of the season with a left foot injury. He injured the same foot in 2016, and that setback prevented him from playing with a USA Basketball team that summer, cut short his final season on the Nike circuit and lingered into his senior season.

Robert Vanderbilt, who was en route to the SEC Tournament in St. Louis on Wednesday, told the Herald-Leader that the injury his son suffered Tuesday is not related to his left foot.

“No. It’s not that,” he said. “We’re just going day to day, and we’ll find out more information when we get there.”

Vanderbilt didn’t make his debut until Jan. 16 and has come off the bench in all 14 games he’s played for the Cats. Still, he’s been a sparkplug for UK in league play and leads the team with 7.9 rebounds in just 17.0 minutes per game this season.

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