Will Tai Wynyard be the answer to Kentucky's "toughness" problem?

12/10/2015 09:50 PM

LEXINGTON — For the first time in what feels like years, the Kentucky Wildcats are thin in the frontcourt — both in actual size and roster depth.

But could and post player reinforcement be on the way for the Cats?

  • “We have Tai [Wynyard] coming,” Calipari said after No. 4 UK’s 88-67 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday night. “He’s 6’-10”, 260. Could he be the answer to toughness? Then the other guys got to take a back seat? I don’t know until we get him here and we let him get in there and mix it up.”

Wynyard, a 17-year old recruit from Auckland, New Zealand, was originally a member of Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting class before enrolling early in time to join Wildcats’ roster after the fall semester.

Calipari said after the EKU victory his original plan was to redshirt Wynyard this season. But after watching the Cats’ frontcourt get strong-armed in its first loss of the season at UCLA last weekend, Cal admitted Tai could make his Big Blue debut as early as this month.

  • “He could redshirt,” Calipari said, “but the plan is [to] slide him in there and go. But again, we play on the 19th [in Brooklyn vs. Ohio State]. He gets here only on the 18th. Then we go on Christmas break, and he’s going to come back here, and I’ve got to have staff working with him over Christmas. Then we have two practice days, and we play Louisville [Dec. 26]. Not probably the ideal game to shove him in, with two days practice. But then, let’s just see where he is and let’s, [pause] we’ll figure it out.”

KSTV discussed Wynyard’s potential addition on Thursday’s show, explaining what the young New Zealander could bring to the Kentucky frontcourt:


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