UK Women's Basketball

UK women add one to roster

There will be another new face on the Kentucky bench, but she might not get on the court this season.

Bernisha Pinkett, one of two basketball players from Washington, D.C., who deferred enrollment until the spring, arrived on campus Sunday and has been going through individual workouts.

The 5-foot-7 guard will be eligible to play immediately, but UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said he wasn't going to lay down a time frame.

"It's a tough situation for her to come into at this time of year," Mitchell said. "She'll have a lot to try and catch up with. We'll just try to help her feel at home and welcome her to our family. We won't put a lot of pressure on her as far as playing."

Mitchell labeled Pinkett "a great offensive player." She averaged 24.1 points a game her senior season at powerhouse Howard D. Woodson High School and was named the Most Valuable Player of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association.

On Pinkett's potential playing time, Mitchell continued:

"I can't give you a percentage," he said. "... If she gets out there and she looks like Sheryl Swoopes or something, there'll be a great chance for her to play."

UK has a plethora of guards and doesn't need Pinkett to play this season. In fact, the Cats have turned two players who could be guards into forwards in Amani Franklin and Lydia Watkins. Both are outside threats, too.

Kentucky already plays six players at the guard spots, and each is averaging 12 minutes or more.

Pinkett — who will wear No. 10 at UK — was in Washington during her first semester trying to "fulfill some requirements she had to fulfill to get here," Mitchell said.

Her high school teammate who also signed with UK and then deferred is 6-foot-6 Jeniece Johnson, who was ranked No. 46 nationally by Hoopgurlz.com.

Johnson has enrolled at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., according to the Panama City News Herald, after not being able to qualify academically at UK.

The paper reported that Johnson has begun practicing with Chipola but will not play this season.

Both Johnson and Pinkett initially committed to North Carolina State but backed out after the death of head coach Kay Yow.

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