Some good news regarding DJ Wagner‘s recent injury. Kentucky’s starting point guard is reportedly “good”, but remains “a little sore”, according to Adam Zagoria of ZAGSBLOG, who also reports that Wagner’s injury is related to his ankle.
Wagner suffered the injury during the first half of Kentucky’s 95-73 win over the No. 8 Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The 6-foot-3 freshman point guard was driving to the rim with just over four minutes left in the opening half and was fouled on a layup attempt. He crashed to the hardwood and immediately grabbed at his left leg. Wagner would find enough strength to limp his way to the free-throw line and made one of his two attempts before being removed from the game.
Eventually, Wagner would head to the locker room and did not return for the remainder of the first half. He was later spotted riding the exercise bike near the end of the halftime break but ultimately did not make it back to the bench. UK would then rule him out with a “lower extremity injury”. Wagner finished with five points and one assist in 10 minutes before going down.
Kentucky’s next game is set for Saturday, Dec. 2 against UNC-Wilmington. There is currently no word on whether or not Wagner will give it a go, but considering the opponent, holding him out for one game could be the preferred route. After Saturday, Kentucky will take a week off from games before heading off to Philadelphia next Saturday (Dec. 9) to take on Penn at Wells Fargo Arena. Wagner is originally from Camden, New Jersey, which is a short drive across the Delaware River from Philly.
Through seven games this season (all as a starter), Wagner is averaging 13.1 points and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 40.7 percent from the floor.