Hood harbors doubt while lobbying prospects

Kentucky’s homegrown signee, Jon Hood, has lobbied other prospects about joining him at UK. Meanwhile, he quietly harbors a tiny bit of about about whether he made the right choice in signing with the Cats.

“I’m about 95 percent sure about Kentucky,” he said on Thursday before beginning practice for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic. “I’d be surprised if I don’t play for Kentucky.”

Hood declined to elaborate on what constitutes the 5 percent that isn’t sure about Kentucky.

As a roommate of Daniel Orton’s, Hood has lobbied on behalf of UK. He also sings UK’s praises to whomever will listen.

“I’ve been doing that for longer than most of you all know,” he told reporters. “I talk to Eric (Bledsoe, a point guard prospect), Daniel. I’ve talked to John Wall.”

Their reaction?

“They kind of laugh at me,” he said with a smile. “After a while, I think it works just a little bit.”

Hood, a 6-6 wing from Madisonville, said he got an enthusiastic response from new UK Coach John Calipari.

“He said I was the shooter/scorer/slasher that he never got to Memphis,” Hood said.

If UK’s pursuit of several more prospects made him uneasy, Hood did not betray the emotion. He spoke eagerly of the possibility of playing with Wall, who rivals.com rates as the nation’s best prospect. Hood said he played with Wall on the UK campus during a visit to Big Blue Madness.

“He gets anybody he wants open,” Hood said before adding, “I haven’t had an open shot for about three years. He just makes it so easy.”


#1 uk71 on 04.09.09 at 9:23 pm

I would be very disappointed and surprised if Calipari requested Hood to go elsewhere. The 5% is very unlikely to happen. If it did, it would not be a good way for Calipari to start with the UK fan base.

#2 BC on 04.10.09 at 12:39 am

I’m guessing that he wouldn’t be leaving because Calipari requested it. Cal wants him here, the kid can play. I think he’s maybe looking at the possibility of some of the other guys coming in. If Xavier and CJ Henry come, there’s more talented players coming in taking away PT.

#3 billy harrison on 04.10.09 at 7:13 am

I thought Hood was talking about Orton witht he 95% sure.

#4 J on 04.10.09 at 9:37 am

I don’t believe Coach Calipari has asked Hood to go elsewhere. I think Jon may have doubts he can get much PT with all the talent UK has, but he really has nothing to worry about, if that’s the case. This young man IS a talent and will get plenty of PT.