At the beginning of the season, hopes were high for Eloy Vargas. The Kentucky Wildcats center had finished up a stint with the Dominican Republic’s National Team over the summer, coincidentally coached by John Calipari.
Vargas was hoped to be much improved and a key player in Calipari’s rotation. And throughout the first half of the season, Vargas did get some playing time.
He did not play a huge amount of minutes, but the general consensus was that Vargas’ playing time would increase as he got more comfortable with the offense and the coaching staff started trusting him more.
However, the exact opposite has occurred. Through December (14 games), Vargas played more than 10 minutes per game five times and played less than five minutes per game just twice.
In January, Vargas has played 10 minutes per game just once, has four games in which he has played less than five minutes and in two games, he did not play at all.
Anthony Davis needs a breather every now and then. And that should be where Vargas comes in.
If nothing else, he is a strong player who should be able to defend big men well.
When Anthony Davis was continually muscled out of defensive position in the Wildcats game against the Alabama Crimson Tide, one could not help but wonder if Vargas would have made a difference.
Again, it is impossible to tell who is at fault in this situation, but at the moment, Kentucky has no inside presence aside from Davis and Terrence Jones.
The team needs Vargas to play.