Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: What Julius Mays Injury Means for Rotation

Matt OveringContributor IIINovember 5, 2012

Nov 01, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Julius Mays (34) dribbles the ball against the Northwood Seahawks at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

In the second exhibition game of the season, Kentucky combo guard Julius Mays went down with an apparent lower leg injury late in the second half. 

Mays took a jump shot from the left corner and, upon landing, instantly grabbed his right knee. 

There was a TV timeout immediately following the injury, during which Mays limped to the locker room to be evaluated.

A transfer from Wright State, Mays is a senior on a young team that has little depth.

In a game where most starters were struggling to take care of the basketball, Mays did the opposite.

He dished out five assists to go with just one turnover and added 14 points. He was leading the Wildcats in scoring when he came out of the game.

Mays rejoined the bench at the end of the game, and Kentucky is now calling the injury a "right leg strain," according to Matt May of CatsPause.


Julius Mays has been diagnosed with a right leg sprain. He is listed as day-to-day.

— Matt May (@TCPMattMay) November 6, 2012

Kentucky is finished with exhibition games and will begin its season against Maryland on Nov. 9.

According to Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Mays will be ready to play against the Terrapins.


Mays says doc checked knee. He's good for Friday opener.

— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) November 6, 2012

If Mays is not at 100 percent by then, redshirt junior Jon Hood should be expected to see more playing time in his place.

Junior guard Jarrod Polson and senior Twany Beckham (who is fighting an injury of his own) could also be in line to receive minutes. 

Archie Goodwin and Ryan Harrow have started the two exhibition games for the Wildcats, and both could see more minutes if Mays is limited.

John Calipari is famous for having thin lineups past the starting five, and Kentucky teams in the past three years have had great luck in avoiding injuries.

As of now, Mays' injury seems minor, and he should be ready to go by the regular season opener in New York.