Baker and Wynyard not expected to return this year

Tai Wynyard

Kernel Sports Staff

In this morning’s SEC Teleconference, UK head coach John Calipari offered some injury updates on Jemarl Baker and Tai Wynyard, and it was not good news.

Wynyard, who hasn’t played since Dec. 31 against Georgia, is suffering from a disc injury in his back, and Calipari doesn’t expect the big man from New Zealand to return this season. 

According to Calipari, Wynyard attempted to come back twice from this injury, but it never healed enough to allow Wynyard to play. Wynyard has made eight appearances this season and averaged one point a game during that stretch.

As for Baker, the freshman hasn’t made an appearance at all this season due to a knee injury, and it seems unlikely he will make an appearance this season either. 

Baker has been seen during many pregame shoot-arounds at Rupp Arena, but with eight games left in the regular season, Calipari doesn’t expect Baker to make an impact on this year’s team.

The absence of Baker has affected the shooting of this team, as UK ranks ninth-to-last in the NCAA in three-pointers made. Baker was expected to be the best shooter on the team.

The loss of Wynyard and Baker leaves UK with nine scholarship players. The Cats recently got two scholarship players back with Jarred Vanderbilt and Quade Green returning from injury, but the Cats are 3-3 since Vanderbilt made his debut at South Carolina.