‘There Were Tears’: Kentucky Wildcats’ John Calipari Describes Terrence Clarke’s Injury

Published 02/09/2021, 1:00 PM EST


The Kentucky Wildcats are having a season to forget. It is their worst season in decades, but somehow, it is only getting worse for them. Coach John Calipari revealed that 5-star prospect Terrence Clarke is likely to be out for the season.

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The 6’7″ guard hasn’t played since December 26, when he had a terrible game against Louisville.

“You know, Terrence wants to play so bad, we want him to play, I want him to play. I want to coach him and get him on that court,” Calipari said. “There were tears today, his and mine. His tears were, it looks as though they want him out four weeks.”

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Is Terrence Clarke really injured, or is he saving his plummeting draft stock?

Calipari’s announcement comes just days after he criticized Clarke and hinted that he is faking an injury. He said, “If you’re limping around after 5 weeks and the MRIs and scans show nothing’s wrong, you can’t play.”

Clarke joined Kentucky ranked as the #8 prospect in the country. However, his performances haven’t lived up to the hype he brought. He played just seven games all season, including six starts. He had a promising debut during their win over Morehead State, scoring 12 points, along with four rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

But after that, he has had just two good games, followed by a lot of struggling performances. His last game was his worst, where he finished with zero points after shooting 0-4 from the field. His draft stock would certainly be falling after these displays, and his injury issues will further affect it.

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Will the Kentucky Wildcats save themselves from further embarrassment?

With seven games left in the season, the Wildcats’ record is currently 5-12. The only way they can finish with at least a .500 record is if they win all of their remaining games. But their form so far suggests it is highly unlikely.

They play tonight against the Arkansas Razorbacks at the Rupp Arena, hoping to end their three-game losing streak. Their young stars will hope to help the team finish strongly before they leave for the NBA after the season ends.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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