Kentucky Basketball: Ryan Harrow Returns to Practice

Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent INovember 25, 2012

Oct 11, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Ryan Harrow (12) talks with reporters during media day at Memorial Coliseum. Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Ryan Harrow returned to practice with the University of Kentucky basketball team for the first time since Tuesday, Nov. 20. Eric Lindsey of relayed a statement from Harrow, which read:

I would like to thank my teammates, the UK coaching staff and administration along with the Big Blue Nation for their support over the last couple of weeks while I was out.

I’m feeling much better and it felt really good to get back on the practice court with the guys today. Unfortunately, when I started feeling better, I had an issue to tend to with my family over the holiday break.

Everything is good with that now and I’m excited about playing with my brothers again.

The report also concluded with a statement from head coach John Calipari, stating that Harrow looked good in both practices on Sunday at that "the best part was was seeing the smile on his face."

Harrow has seen very little action this season, playing only 10 minutes in Kentucky's season opening win against Maryland. He then missed the entire next week of practice with flu-like symptoms.

After returning to practice on Nov. 20 and 21 (but not participating in team drills), he was given a leave of absence by Calipari to attend to an undisclosed family issue.

Speculation has swirled about other possible reasons for Harrow's extended absence from the team, but he can easily silence all of it by getting back on the court and showing everyone the same potential that Calipari saw in him when he transferred to Kentucky from NC State last year.

If you're a Wildcat fan, the fact that Calipari praised Harrow's work in his first practice back (Coach Cal is not one to give out empty compliments) and said he seemed to be enjoying himself as well is a great sign.

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