Onyenso’s return still up in the air

Published 12:00 pm Saturday, November 4, 2023

With all the attention on Zvonimir Ivisic’s eligibility and Aaron Bradshaw’s foot injury, sometimes 7-foot sophomore Ugonna Onyenso’s status is overlooked.

He injured his foot the day before UK’s first exhibition game in Canada in July during a team scrimmage.

“I do not have a timeline. I’m just worried about getting back,” Onyenso said at UK’s Media Day. “Most of my time during the day, I spend it with my trainer, getting better, my strength coach. I’ve gotten a little stronger from last year. That’s actually a great thing.”

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Onyenso does believe he will be able to play this season even though coach John Calipari has acknowledged he will not be back as early as Bradshaw because his injury occurred almost four months later.

“When that time comes, I think we’ll all know,” Onyenso added. “Right now, I’m just working my way towards coming back.”

The rehab work Bradshaw and Onyenso have done has helped the sophomore bond with his new teammate.

“It’s unfortunate that it happened but I’m getting to know Aaron outside of basketball. I have created a great relationship with Aaron. He always says he’s my African brother. Being with Aaron, he helps me and I help him too,” Onyenso said.