Kentucky 5-star freshman Jarred Vanderbilt reaches out to fans after injury

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It was revealed that Kentucky 5-star freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt went down with a left foot injury on Friday, one day before the official start of preseason practice for the Wildcats.

On Saturday afternoon, the McDonald’s All-American, who will be sidelined for three months, reached out to Big Blue Nation on Twitter.

Vanderbilt made it clear that this isn’t the first obstacle he’s had to overcome, having dealt with multiple foot and ankle injuries before coming to Lexington, and he’s excited to contribute to a national championship-worthy squad.

The Wildcats will be without Vanderbilt until at least January as the 6-foot-9 Houston native will need to undergo surgery.

In a school-issued release, coach John Calipari is looking forward to Vanderbilt being available in the midst of the SEC schedule, which begins on New Year’s Eve against Georgia.

“As I told Jarred, my concern for him is getting this thing right and getting him healthy for the rest of his career,” Calipari said. “We’ll miss him on the court, but I want what’s best for him and his family, and right now that’s taking care of this injury and making sure he doesn’t have to worry about it again. With the motor and work ethic I’ve seen from him, I have no doubt he’s going to be better than ever when he returns and will provide us with a huge lift in conference play. Now it’s up to his teammates to hold the fort down until he gets back.”

The post Kentucky 5-star freshman Jarred Vanderbilt reaches out to fans after injury appeared first on SEC Country.

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