(WAVE) - Kentucky coach John Calipari said Friday afternoon that his best player likely will miss the Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament second-round game against Wofford on Saturday.
PJ Washington missed UK’s first-round blowout of Abilene Christian in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, due to a foot injury he suffered in Kentucky’s SEC Tournament semifinal loss to Tennessee last weekend.
“You and I know how hard this game will be, especially with PJ out,” Calipari said of Washington, who arrived at the team’s practice in Jacksonville on Tuesday wearing a walking boot, assumed by many to have just been a precaution. But Thursday, Washington was in a hard cast.
“I just can’t imagine,” Calipari continued. “What they’re gonna do at some point is cut the cast off and ... they just feel it’s gonna heal faster.”
Washington is the team’s leading scorer (14.8 points per game) and rebounder (7.5).
Teammate Jemarl Baker said after Thursday’s breezy win that Washington was quite the cheerleader throughout the game.