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Calipari expects Harrow back today and practicing Sunday with team

By LARRY VAUGHT

If John Calipari is right, Kentucky sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow will be rejoining the UK basketball team this weekend.

He played briefly in UK’s season-opening win over Maryland when he was battling flu-like syptoms and got into early foul trouble. Calipari did not take him to Atlanta three days later when UK went to play Duke and he was not at Rupp Arena when UK beat Lafayette. He went home for “personal reasons” and missed games Wednesday and Friday also.

“I mean, we want Ryan back. Again, at the end of the day I think he’ll be back tomorrow.  I think he’ll be in practice on Sunday and Monday and we’ll get started,” said Calipari after Friday’s 104-75 win over Long Island-Brooklyn. “But the time away, he starts down the totem pole like last and he has to work his way back, then he has to work his way to time with Jarrod (Polson). Jarrod is playing well right now.

“He has to fight. He understands. He gets sick, loses the weight. The team doesn’t stop.”

Speculation has run rampant that the pressure of being UK’s point guard has overwhelmed Harrow. However, he also had an illness his senior year in high school when he lost 13 pounds and during the offseason his father was ill — one reason Harrow gave him his national championship ring.

“At the end of the day I would hope if it were your son, you would want me to deal with this the way I’m dealing with it.  If this were my son . . . ,” Calipari said. “Again, I’m going to coach him. If someone is better, he’s not playing. If he’s better, he’ll play in time.

“We need him back, need another guy, no question.  Like everything else, you have injuries, things that go on as a coach. This is who we are and I like my team.”

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  1. UK 24 7

    I hope everything works out for Ryan. He seems like a good kid. One thing is for sure, the UK fans are behind you Ryan. GO CATS!!!

    1. Jim Boyers

      Ditto.

  2. Terry

    Every kid need a chance in life and we all have to remmember he only a kid and Harrow please come back to Ky this weekend we need you and you need Ky!!!!!!

    1. larryvaught

      I am still expecting Harrow back and being a big contributor to this team

  3. Larry T Clemons

    Ryan is our Secret Weapon, ” get well ” we miss your quickness and that Smile…

  4. Karen Sprinkle

    Ditto to all the comments here. Feel better soon and get back to doing what you love, Ryan.

  5. King Ghidora

    Great to hear he’s on the way back. I hope and pray all goes well for him. He could have a very bright future in the game of basketball.

  6. Tom Hatton

    Wish him the best whatever his decision may be. God bless young man!

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