John Calipari updates status of Sahvir Wheeler injury – 247Sports

  • November 1, 2022

In an otherwise mundane and unexciting 56-38 exhibition win over Division II Missouri Western State, it was an injury to Kentucky starting point guard Sahvir Wheeler that may be the biggest storyline going forward.
He landed awkwardly and appeared to hyper-extend his knee on a drive to the basket in the second half. Wheeler had to be helped off the floor without putting any weight on his right leg and eventually to the locker room before returning to the UK bench.
Wheeler, who finished with 4 points, 2 rebounds, an assist, a steal, and 2 turnovers in 22 minutes, was ruled out for the rest of the game with a right leg injury and did not return.
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Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the game that Wheeler aggravated a previous knee injury that kept him out of last week’s Blue-White Game in Pikeville.
“Hopefully, Sahvir will be okay. He hurt his knee,” Calipari said. “Probably that same knee I think it was about 10 days ago, a week ago.”
Calipari didn’t have any further updates but sounded optimistic it wasn’t something that would keep Wheeler out for an extended period.
“No, I don’t. Not at this point,” Calipari said of an update. “But he had it — he had to be out a couple days of practice, probably a week ago, I think. He was not in at Pikeville, either. It was the same knee. Like a twist.”
Starting 29 of 30 games last season, Wheeler was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award presented to the nation’s top point guard after averaging 10.1 points and 6.9 assists, which ranked third nationally.
But Wheeler shot just 30.8 percent from 3-point range on the year and in UK’s first round NCAA Tournament loss to No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s missed a pair of free throws in overtime and committed six turnovers against the Peacocks.
Former Kentucky star and SEC Player and Defensive Player of the year Tyler Ulis, who has seen his NBA career derailed by injuries, is back on campus taking courses while rehabbing after a head-on collision left him with a broken left ankle and a sizable gash on his leg.
He’s also helping to serve as a mentor for Wheeler.
“We got Tyler Ulis, who is rehabbing and taking some courses in the gym with us watching and helping there too,” Calipari said at media day last week.
It is the second notable injury to a Kentucky player this season. Reigning national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe missed Big Blue Madness, the Blue-White Game and did not play again Sunday night after undergoing minor knee surgery back on Oct. 12.
Tshiebwe is expected to be back for the season opener vs. Howard on Nov. 7.
Stay tuned to for more on Wheeler’s injury. 
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