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When Keldon Johnson says “I’m ready to go,” Calipari just lets him go

Keldon Johnson went down with an ankle injury in the first half but came back to spark UK’s win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky freshman Keldon Johnson went down with what looked like a severe twisted ankle in the first half of Saturday’s game against UNC Greensboro and went straight to the locker room. However, he returned in the second half and helped spark a late run that won the game for Kentucky when he scored six straight points, including two dunks.

“It was like he was shot by a sniper and then he got right back up and started running around,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.  “I didn’t see it. I thought maybe he stepped on somebody and then they told me he did not step on anybody.

“In the second half, he said, ‘I’m ready to go.’ Now, he had an ankle sprain back in high school at Huntington (he actually played for Oak Hill). He had that high ankle sprain, and maybe he tweaked it. But I told him, we’ve got three days off. We’ve got the rest of today off. We’ve got tomorrow off, and we’re only doing individuals on Monday. So he should be fine.”

Johnson is an intense competitor and it was no surprise to see him fighting to help Kentucky win.

“We had to come back and fight in the second half. They weren’t going to back down and we weren’t going to back down. We just had to keep fighting,” he said.  “I know we sat down in the second half and guarded. We did what we were supposed to do in the second half, we played, we fought and beat a good team today.”

1 comment

  1. Keldon, Reid and Tyler are the bright spot on this team.
    If only Washington and Richards could catch some of that fire, I like to dream about what they could do.

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