Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Woodchopper Watch: Will Tai Wynyard Play Tonight?

With Mississippi State coming to Lexington tonight, the question on the minds of many Kentucky fans is simple: will Tai Wynyard play tonight?

According to the UK coaching staff, Wynyard is just now getting into basketball shape and he's been pushing the other big men in practice.

John Calipari says Wynyard can help the Wildcats this season.

Here's an excerpt from the Courier-Journal:

That does not, however, mean John Calipari plans to redshirt Wynyard.

“I don’t think so. We haven’t talked about it. I think he’s going to be able to help our team,” the coach said. “He’s just now getting in shape. You gotta understand, he’s only been here a couple weeks now, and I’m still trying to work Skal (Labissiere) into where he needs to be, which means I can’t just take those minutes and give them to Tai.

“But he’s practicing hard. He’s doing some great stuff. There are times we look at each other like, ‘We just gotta put him in.’”

Here's what assistant coach John Robic said about Wynyard:

“It was a whirlwind for him,” assistant coach John Robic said. “But he hit the ground running. He’s working hard. He’s getting better. He’s getting in better shape. He’s a physical presence, and it’s helping us in practice a lot. He’s been able to push our other big guys to a physical limit.

“He has made us a better screening team because of what he does. He sets terrific screens. Our players like it because it’s getting them open.”

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Will the Woodchopper play tonight vs. Mississippi State?

My money is on yes.

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