By LARRY VAUGHT
No one can really be surprised that Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt is going to skip the NBA Combine this week.
“I’ve decided not to attend the NBA Combine. I’m still weighing options and working my way through the decision process. Appreciate the continued support!” Vanderbilt posted on Twitter late Tuesday.
He has until May 30th to withdraw his name from the draft and return to UK. He played in 14 games for Kentucky last season and averaged 5.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game .
Recently UK Basketball Radio Network analyst Mike Pratt said he doubted any NBA team would give Vanderbilt any guaranteed money until he shows he’s healthy. He’s missed part of his last three seasons. He sat out the start of UK’s season with a leg injury and then missed postseason play with an ankle injury.
At one time it seemed he was scheduled to have surgery. So far, there’s been no word on any surgery.
ESPN does not have him projected anywhere in the first and second rounds of the June draft.
When he’s been able to play, he’s a rebounding machine and double digit rebounds in five of the 14 games he played. He’s also a willing passer and solid defender.
Vanderbilt could return to UK in hopes of showing he can stay healthy or roll the dice on a professional career hoping he will stay healthy and be able to show NBA teams that playing in the G-League.