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Kentucky Freshman Jemarl Baker Out 3 Months After Knee Surgery

Kentucky will be without one of its many blue chip freshmen for a large chunk of the season.

Jemarl Baker, a four-star shooting guard out of Los Angeles, experienced left knee soreness during workouts during the summer.

After evaluation, the decision was made to have him undergo surgery. In a statement, head coach John Calipari says that he hopes to have the young guard back in time for SEC play.

From Kentucky:

"Jemarl let us know a few weeks ago that something wasn't feeling right with his knee," UK head coach John Calipari said. "He had surgery before he got here and it didn't heal quite like we had hoped it would. The good news is, with this surgery we're going to get this thing right and get Jemarl back during league play. We were hopeful he would provide us some immediate shooting, but now it's like getting a midyear guy that can help provide us some depth as we get into the heart of our season. Our main focus at this point is getting him healthy for the rest of his career."

Baker was the No. 72 composite player in the class of 2017, and the No. 15 shooting guard in the country, per 247Sports.

This is not the first bit of bad news on the injury front that Kentucky has had this preseason. Jarred Vanderbilt is at risk of missing his entire freshman season after foot surgery.