Wednesday, October 27, 2010
UK holds former players out of scrimmage
By Diamond Leung
Even former Kentucky players that John Calipari wanted to get in some practice time with his current team were prevented from doing so because of the NCAA.
Calipari had announced that Wayne Turner, Perry Stevenson and Mark Krebs would play in the team's intrasquad game, but shortly before tip-off he received word from the NCAA that because it was a public scrimmage, their participation would constitute a contest against outside competition and could affect Kentucky's two scheduled exhibition games.
Since Enes Kanter was also sidelined and in street clothes while waiting on the NCAA to rule on his eligibility, the Wildcats were left with only 10 players to each play the full 40 minutes of the game.
That allowed a crowd of 11,391 to see players put up big numbers, with Brandon Knight pouring in 37 points and Terrence Jones adding 29.
But what the three former players experienced was what it must be like for Kanter to be held out, as they were left sitting at the end of the bench "looking glum."