UK freshman will miss season after blood clot in lungs

Kentucky freshman Kyvin Goodin-Rogers is out for the season after being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism on Monday, the school confirmed on Wednesday morning.

“This condition requires her to be on blood thinners for several months, therefore she will not be available to play this season,” UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said.

Goodin-Rogers, 18, had sharp pains in her chest on Monday and went to UK’s team trainer. Tests conducted at the UK Hospital confirmed a blood clot in her lung.

“Kyvin’s health is our main concern right now,” he said. “We are confident we’ll move forward in a positive direction with this challenge.”

The 6-foot-1 forward was a standout on the undefeated Marion County team that won the 2013 Sweet Sixteen title.

A four-year All-State selection, Goodin-Rogers finished her Knights career with 2,401 points, 1,663 rebounds and 463 blocks.

In the UK media notes, Coach Matthew Mitchell said he expected big things from the daughter of 1992 Kentucky Mr. Basketball Tick Rogers, who went on to star for Louisville.

“She is always working hard to increase her effectiveness and has shown that her future is bright at Kentucky,” Mitchell said of Goodin-Rogers, rated the nation’s 59th best player by Blue Star Basketball out of Marion County. “I expect her to have an outstanding freshman campaign.”

Goodin-Rogers was expected to provide depth in the UK backcourt behind returning starters DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker. Other post players back include senior Samantha Drake and juniors Azia Bishop and Jelleah Sidney.

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Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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