#5 Jarrod Polson
6’2″ 189 lbs.
Junior- Point Guard
West Jessamine HS
2011-12 Season Stats:
At one point, John Calipari had stated that Jarrod Polson had shown enough as a player that he was more than a walk-on. Calipari then awarded Polson a scholarship, and renewed it the following season. In the big picture of things, Polson has accomplished more than most players the past few years, in that he has been apart of two Final Four teams and an SEC Championship team.
As the hometown kid, Polson still seems to have the traditional walk-on role that most homegrown players have. But he has played 62 minutes so far in his career, and plays valuable back up minutes. Even after scoring 18 ppg as a guard at nearby West Jessamine, he has played alongside with Brandon Knight, Marquis Teague, Ryan Harrow, and Twany Beckham. If anything, his game has improved as much as theirs has while being at Kentucky. Despite being on the bench, Polson is available and ready to come off at any time to provide relief minutes for the starting guards.
WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR?
We can expect Polson to be his normal self: avoiding crowds of young ladies trying to hound him for autographs. On a more serious note, Polson is always ready to play. He saw minutes in some big games on the road last year, both SEC and non-conference games. He also played in UK’s win over WKU in the NCAA Tournament.
What does Polson expect this year? “I think we can win another championship. I think we are lot different than last year’s team. We may have some skills they didn’t, and they have some skills we don’t,” Polson said. “But it’s definitely going to be fun together, and once practice starts, we’ll get more of a feel. I think if we work hard, we can get another championship.”
CALIPARI on POLSON
“I said a year ago that Jarrod was the most talented walk-on I had ever coached and I still believe that, so much so that he earned a scholarship both seasons. Jarrod is a great teammate, he possesses quickness and he’s a hard worker. I feel comfortable putting him in games, and we’ll need him this year to shore up our depth.”