Kentucky freshman Terrence Clarke is anticipated to overlook the rest of the season due to an ailing ankle that has stored him off the court docket for effectively over a month, Wildcats coach John Calipari revealed Monday evening throughout his weekly radio present. Clarke final performed on Dec. 26 in opposition to Louisville in 16 unproductive minutes during which he logged no different statistics however a foul as he gutted via the damage he’d suffered per week prior in opposition to North Carolina within the CBS Sports activities Traditional.
“, Terrence needs to play so dangerous. We would like him to play. I need him to play. I need to coach him and get him on that court docket,” Calipari mentioned through Kentucky Sports activities Radio. “There have been tears right now — his and mine. It appears to be like as although they need him out 4 weeks. Perhaps one thing can occur sooner, however they do not consider so. It is crushing to those children.”
Lacking 4 weeks for Clarke would make his return round March 8, which might be in the course of the postseason. For Kentucky (5-12, 4-6 SEC), that nearly actually is not going to embody the NCAA Match. So a nagging ankle damage that is hampered him for weeks on finish successfully ends Clarke’s season earlier than he may even compete in a convention sport.
“We do not have our greatest participant taking part in, we have not for some time,” Calipari mentioned of Clarke. “He is clearly been hurting for a very long time earlier than he stepped off the court docket the place it was like, “This ain’t gonna work.”
Clarke was considered one of two five-star signees in Kentucky’s No. 1-ranked 2020 recruiting class and the second-highest ranked behind solely BJ Boston. A top-10 expertise, he entered the season as a projected first-rounder, however the mixture of a sluggish begin with an damage that tripped him up for good has tanked his inventory for 2021. It is doable he declares for the draft and groups guess on his expertise, however one other 12 months in school could possibly be a viable path to reproving his draft credentials for 2022.
“So far as once we’ll see him once more, you recognize, that is between God and the medical employees,” mentioned Calipari. “I am simply praying that he has a speedy restoration, however additionally, I do not need him to be rushed again the place he may probably injure himself extra. I need him to get wholesome, absolutely get well, and play when the time is true for him.”