LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Freshman TyTy Washington Jr. and junior Sahvir Wheeler are both dealing with injuries suffered during Saturday’s loss at Auburn, and head coach John Calipari did not reveal if either would suit up during his UK Healthcare radio show on Monday night.
“What, you want me to give out a scouting report for the other guys we’re playing? They may play, they may not play — if you’re a gambler, I need to know before I put that money down. Practice I was able to have Davion (Mintz) and Kellan (Grady) be point guards,” Calipari said.
With their injuries at guard, the Wildcats look to fill that production from a number of players who have played minutes at the position. But one of the more intriguing options remains a player who has yet to wear a uniform this season.
Freshman guard Shaedon Sharpe was the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2022 class but enrolled early at Kentucky and joined the team in early January. He has not played in a game yet, but has joined the team in warm-ups and sits on the bench.
Calipari mentioned Monday that Sharpe is now officially practicing with the team after previously just taking part in individual work.
“He’s coming along and he’s been in practices, we haven’t gone full five-on-five with him yet but he’s getting there, he’s learning the plays, he’s definitely coming along well and we’ll go from there, see what happens,” Kentucky junior forward Jacob Toppin said.
After the loss to Auburn, Calipari said he did not consider putting Sharpe in the game despite the position thinning out after those injuries, maintaining his previous comments that the star freshman needs to be physically and mentally ready before he can take the court.
Kentucky prepares for a 9 p.m. tipoff against Mississippi State on Tuesday at Rupp Arena before traveling to No. 5 Kansas this weekend in the Big 12/SEC challenge.