Tai Wynyard has landed, but will he play vs. Ohio State?

12/17/2015 08:50 PM

LEXINGTON — The Kiwi has landed.

Freshman New Zealand power forward Tai Wynyard arrived in Lexington late Wednesday night and practiced with the Kentucky basketball team for the first time Thursday morning, UK head coach John Calipari confirmed during his weekly press conference.

  • “He was so excited,” Calipari said about when Wynyard landed. “He was hitting his leg. We hugged. He was happy to be here. He flew overnight, you know, to get here. It’s just, you know, he just wants to be a part of it.”

The 6-foot-10, 230-pound prospect from Auckland was originally a member of Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting class, but Wynyard enrolled early for Winter Semester at UK and is eligible to play immediately.

But when will he see the court — if at all — this season?

  • “I don’t know what that will mean right away or what it will mean this year,” Calipari said. “But, you know me: If he’s going to help us win, he’ll be on that floor.”

Wynyard’s post game physicality would be the strongest argument for him receiving playing time as early as Saturday against Ohio State or Dec. 26 against in-state rival Louisville. But time will tell when — and if — Tai see the court at all this season since he could still burn a redshirt and sit on the bench until 2016-17, too.

KSTV discussed Wynyard’s arrival on Thursday’s show, explaining the benefits he could bring to the Wildcats this season:

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