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Calipari still not sure when Ryan Harrow will be 100 percent


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.”

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  1. john4uk

    I find it ironic that after a year of practice and getting ready for this season that Harrow is having such a difficult time.Here’s hoping that he does’nt have mono or some other serious physical condition.

  2. lunchbox

    i read sumwhere that he got sick when he was at nc state an had to miss sum games….sumthing is odd with this, i mean a player gets sick hes back out there in a few days…hope he gets better soon

    1. larryvaught

      Come on lunchbox. You read that here. He was sick in high school too

  3. Dr.Mark Stephens

    I’ll put my faith in the the basketball program getting Ryan back on his feet.He needs to step back get healthy get his head right and he will fine.This team needs him but its early yet! Go CATS Also great effort against duke.

    1. larryvaught

      with you on that Dr. Mark

  4. Karen Sprinkle

    It’s unfortunate that Ryan has been ill. I imagine sitting out for him last year was torture, and to be sidelined again must be terrible. I hope UK’s excellent training staff and doctors find out what the problem is and finds a solution soon.

  5. lunchbox

    could hav been….u no larry this is the 1st place i go lol

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