Kentucky’s projected starting point guard Ryan Harrow is on the verge of returning to gametime action after a two-week absence as the result of a mysterious sickness, and John Calipari further evaluated Harrow’s sickness and his status with the team today:
He’s lost weight. He’s got to get some weight back (and we’ll) see from there. All they’re saying is he’s lost seven pounds and must have had something going on. They don’t know what it was. But we will see. He looks thin. That’s why I said, I don’t know. I want to see him in a practice setting and start figuring out what we do, what’s the timetable.
He’s obviously the low man on the totem pole. You’ve got to start from behind. That ain’t all bad for him either, because now he’s going to have to fight for time. He’s behind everybody, which means you’ve got to earn it in practice. It’s not all bad.
The totem poll remarks show that Cal isn’t ready to hand Harrow back the keys to the starting point guard job, but he and everyone else knows this team won’t make it to the Final 4 without a mentally and physically healthy Harrow manning the point. Jarrod Polson is a good player who has clearly earned the right to get significant playing time even when Harrow returns. And while Archie Goodwin has shown promise at the point, his immense talent can only be maximized if he is at his natural shooting guard spot.
Harrow’s former high school coach, Joy Goydish, said that he suffered through a similar illness in high school that he was able to overcome:
He gained eight to 10 pounds of muscle. Then during the season got some kind of bug and lost about 13 pounds. He’s not big enough to be able to afford that. I know how hard he’s worked, but I worry about him. I wish he was here playing, but I am glad they are going to get this figured out and make sure he’s 100 percent before they do play him.