By LARRY VAUGHT
Before Nate Sestina chose Bucknell to play his college basketball, he was recruited by Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda.
“I love the kid. He’s in the middle of nowhere in New York. He gets hurt and it opens up another window for Kentucky. So, when. He gets back, you guys known how good they are but today they were really good,” Herenda said after UK beat his team Saturday.
Sestina didn’t play because he’s out with a broken wrist and won’t be back until the end of the month at the earliest. His absence is giving EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards a chance to play even bigger roles for UK.
However, Herenda believes Sestina’s return will be a huge boost for the Cats.
“He just gives you another big body, he sets great screens, he’s got a toughness, a basketball attitude. He’s a Bucknell graduate, so I think he’s maybe… not the missing link, but he’s the piece that’s gonna take from Richards to Montgomery and Sestina, you can play off that a lot,” Herenda said about the Bucknell graduate transfer.
“Nate wasn’t recruited highly at all. We were on him for a long time. West Virginia was looking at him, and he went to Bucknell. Which is a great institution and great school, but he’s a high-level player, and a high-level kid, from a great family, great high school coaches, so he’s just gonna make everybody better.
“I think you guys saw that in the preseason and probably so in the first few games before he got hurt. “