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.”
“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.”