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By LARRY VAUGHT
Sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow worked out with Kentucky’s strength and conditioning coach Wednesday, but coach John Calipari still is not certain about his status for Friday night’s game against Lafayette.
“He’s just not ready to go 100 percent. I just told him, ‘Until you’re able to go 100 percent …’ He worked out with our weight coach, strength and conditioning. He said he did pretty good, but he’s not right yet,” Calipari said.
The coach doesn’t think Harrow, a transfer from North Carolina State who practiced but did not play last year, is having trouble coping with the pressure at UK.
“We don’t think so, but we’re just trying to tell him, ‘You’ve got to get energy. You’ve got to get your energy. You got to play at a higher level.’ I think he’ll be fine,” Calipari said. “I just want him back. We we’re a little bit short last game (against Duke). We know it. But the same thing: You’ve got to look at the kid’s health first. Just get yourself right, and let’s go.”
Calipari said before Thursday’s practice that if Harrow could not participate, he would not play against Lafayette.
Kentucky went mainly with freshman Archie Goodwin at point guard against Duke. Jarrod Polson played 12 minutes after playing 22 in the opening win over Maryland when Harrow was able to play only 10 minutes because of fatigue and foul problems.
Calipari thought Goodwin’s play was “not bad” against Duke.
“Just still plays too fast, gets himself out of control. There were plays, easier plays he could have made a few times,” Calipari said.
Calipari said senior Julius Mays could also join Goodwin and Polson at the point until Harrow returns.
“We have to be able to get out and fly and we’re not right now. You gotta get easy baskets. We got them (against Duke) because Alex (Poythress) offensive rebounded. That was our easy baskets,” Calipari said. “Well, you’ve gotta get those and in transition. If you get those two, you’re getting about five, seven, 10 easy baskets. Now all the sudden it’s a different ballgame. We just got none in transition. We couldn’t throw it ahead. And we were the faster. We were the more athletic team.”