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Rick Barnes Reveals Injury for Josiah-Jordan James After Vanderbilt Game

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Tennessee G/F Josiah-Jordan James. Photo via Tennessee Athletics.

With less than a minute remaining in Tennessee’s game against Vanderbilt on Wednesday night, veteran guard Josiah-Jordan James went down with an injury on Vanderbilt’s offensive end of the court.

James was clearly in pain as he attempted to jump with one-foot over to the entire other side of the court, revealing an initial leg injury. Seconds later, though, James went down in significant pain and couldn’t jump anymore. James was on the ground grasping at his left leg as trainers rushed out onto the court to help him.

After a few minutes on the ground, James was helped off the court by his teammates and immediately went over to the Tennessee bench. James was clearly in frustration as he was staring down another injury during the 2022-2023 season.

Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes quickly revealed James’ injury during his postgame press conference.

“He sprained his ankle,” Barnes said.

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The Tennessee head coach did not provide any more details on the injury that had occurred roughly 32 minutes earlier.

James, a senior from Charleston, S.C., has battled through left knee pain throughout the season after undergoing an offseason knee scope. James has played in 16 of Tennessee’s 24 games the season as he missed portions of the early slate of the schedule due to the soreness and uncomfortable nature.

The injury to James’ ankle also looked to be to the left leg on Wednesday night as well.

No. 6 Tennessee (19-5, 8-3 SEC) and James fell to Vanderbilt (12-12, 5-6 SEC) by a score of 66-65 on Wednesday night in Nashville after a buzzer-beating three-pointer from the corner of the court. The Volunteers will look to rebound back at home this Saturday evening against Missouri at 6:00 p.m. ET.

As of the time of this publication, it is unclear what the status of Josiah-Jordan James will be.

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