Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores guard Kevin Bright (15) drives to the basket against the Kentucky Wildcats guard Jon Hood during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball 2013-14 Preview: #4 Jon Hood

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#4 JON HOOD

SENIOR (RS) – SG

6’7 215

MADISONVILLE, KY

NORTH HOPKINS HS

BEFORE UK

Jon Hood is one of the few homegrown boys on this year’s roster. Before his time at UK, he lit up the scoreboard down at Madisonville North Hopkins HS. During his senior year, he averaged 29 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists per game. Hood finished with 18 double-doubles in 22 games during the 2008-09 season on his way to being named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball, along with 2009 Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year. He committed to Kentucky in 2008, and stayed on board to play for the Cats despite the coaching change.

AS A WILDCAT

Despite being Mr. Basketball in his home state, Hood has had a tough time competing for playing time like anyone else. With such deep rosters, Hood hasn’t been a starter but instead has been a valuable asset coming off the bench. He averaged 1.2 points in 4.4 minutes a game his freshman year. After that season, he joined teammate Josh Harrellson on a summer team which toured and played in China, having boosted his confidence.

During his sophomore year, he averaged 0.8 points in 4.8 minutes a game. After suffering an ACL injury during the summer which sidelined him for the entire 2011-12 championship season, he was forced to redshirt. According to Coach Cal, his work ethic increased after his missed season and it showed on the court. He averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.3 minutes a game.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2013-14

Hood will continue to be a valuable asset for the Cats off the bench. Although this year’s roster will be deeper than last, Hood is still the most experienced player on this team.

My prediction: 1.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 5.5-6 min per game

QUOTES

UK Head Coach John Calipari:

Jon used last year’s medical redshirt season to become a better player. The year off has given Jon a new purpose and a better perspective. He’s the only player who has been with me from the start at Kentucky, and his leadership and experience will be invaluable to us this year.

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