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Calipari Thinks A Redshirt Could Work Out Well For Hood


With the news that Kentucky junior Jon Hood tore his ACL in a pickup game Monday came the question of whether or not he would end up taking a redshirt this season while he recovered.  The man that will ultimately make the decision, John Calipari, doesn’t think that’s a terrible idea.  He’s not sold on it yet, but he’s definitely considering it.

Calipari told ESPN’s Andy Katz, “We’ll see how it goes. It’s a possibility. It might help him.”  If they end up giving Hood a redshirt, Calipari thinks that it could help his career out in the long run by letting him spend this season working out with the loaded roster the Cats have in place.  He would return next season with two years of eligibility remaining.

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Article written by Thomas Beisner

30 responses to “Calipari Thinks A Redshirt Could Work Out Well For Hood”

  1. John McClane

    Ohhhhhhhh Babyyyyy!

  2. Cleveland

    Oh thats neeaaasty

  3. T

    Why wouldn’t he redshirt him? Hoods not going to waste a year of eligibility, he either redshirts or transfers. That’s basically saying I don’t know if we want him to use up a scholarship in 2014

  4. toystory77

    durn rite nice-tee !

  5. Maggard's Left Nut

    The guy needs to transfer. Just doesn’t have what it takes to play at this level. Only reason Cal kept him around if cuz he’s a Ky boy. OVC level is what he should be looking at; otherwise, he’ll finish his UK career as an end of bench victory cigar.

  6. catcrawler

    I think it would be good for him to red shirt and be a contributor for 2 years after. People need to stop hating on Hood, it’s obvious that he won’t be a superstar – but he is very capable of contributing to number 8.

  7. Peter Parker Swag

    This is a no-brainer. It would nice to have some experienced players on the roster because they are rare in Calipari’s system. T is exactly right.

  8. Doubting Thomas

    Definitely red shirt. Sooner or later this kid is going to wake up and reach his potential. I still believe Jon could make significant contributions on the floor to the cats. I don’t know where his problem started, but Jon lacks confidence and doesn’t show much on court savy. He’s a much better player than what he’s shown as a Cat so far. If I knew a transfer would help him I would be all for it but I believe he’s a Cat in his heart and always will be. Go Cats! Go Jon!

  9. Dave

    Many kids would rather be the victory cigar than at a school that is not UK.

  10. MemphisCat

    I see Cal said that a Redshirt MIGHT help him. I don’t understand how it can’t help him, unless he isn’t going to play anyway. Why waste a year when you can’t play, use the time to add upper body muscle and lift and shoot everyday while you rehab your knee.

  11. Emmert still sucks

    He just needs to play with more swagger and confidence. He needs to be able to put the ball in the hole when he is called upon and not play so timid.

  12. EyewearMan

    What he needs is for CAT Fans to support him and quit dogging him! He is a 20 year old kid with a torn ACL. Give him a break!

  13. dukesuX

    a redshirt for hoodie, especially in consideration of his recent injury, seems a no-brainer…..
    as it was, presuming hoodie had Xcellent health/no injury, he wasn’t gonna play anyway, as locked in a 2-way battle w/Poole for “10th-man”……9 players CLEARLY ahead of both of them
    (i.e., Jones, Lamb, the “4-Freshman,” Miller, ‘Twany, & Vargas)………
    the only downside to the redshirt is that it puts hoodie in the same class, now, as 2 other non-contributors, i.e., afore-men-shunned Poole, & walk-on Polson — indeed, a class quickly shaping-up as one of worst in UK’s history…..
    that year’s “Senior Night” will be a cele-bra-shun that these 3 are FINALLY gone???? (LMAO)

  14. katmancsm

    Amen 12!!

  15. katmancsm

    13 Why would you say that? You’re qiuckly shaping up to be a gaping asshat! Stop pretending to be a member of BBN!

  16. katmancsm

    13 Why would you say that? You’re quickly shaping up to be a TURD! Quit pretending to be a member of the BBN.

  17. katmancsm

    My bad. Didn’t take first.

  18. Maggard's Left Nut

    13, don’t think any class will be worse than Adam Williams, Jared Carter, and Rekalin Sims.

  19. JackB

    For those bashing Hood, you are off base. He would be playing and contributing on another SEC team or even some historical UK teams. He was a top 50 recruit, a great athlete and tough kid.

    Remember Jeff Sheppard – he was so far down the bench Pitino red-shirted him b/c the ’97 Cats had too many wing players. He ended up paying huge dividends in ’98. Hood could definitely follow a similar path.

  20. Francis the Talking Mule

    13) Eat Meat!

  21. twnky

    good call 19 I hope the kid makes the best out of this.

  22. Dan B.

    Have we really gotten so caught up in one-and-done’s that if a guy doesn’t become a star in his first couple years we think he should transfer? Like it or not, Hood will be a significant contributor by the time his senior season rolls around. Not every player on the team needs to play 20+ minutes and be drafted in the first round. You also need some solid, experienced depth, and that’s what Hood can potentially provide.

    Bottom line is the kid is fairly talented and loves UK. If we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that it helps to have guys like that around the team. Cameron Mills, John Pelphrey, Richie Farmer, etc. come to mind. Hood will never be the most talented guy on the roster, but he will provide the sort of passion for the program that is invaluable for a role player. You’re not going to find many out-of-state guys that will be thrilled to death to play 5-10 minutes a game.

  23. wldctky

    oh great, he will be on scholarship 3 more years instead of 2

  24. SagaciousMind

    I think its absurd ppl keep sayin he doesnt have wait it takes. Do you forget he was top 40? 5 star before hurt? That georgia, tenn, ole miss, vandy and others were after him heavily? He just happened to come to UK the same time Cal and his army of 5 stars. Hood has the athleticism to big a contributor and he will prove everyone wrong. All you know is that he sits the bench but you forget who he sits the bench behind. Hood and Poole are in the same boat, they could have went anywhere and been starting, but it doesnt mean they arent on this level. The same ppl sayin this about him are the same ones that said Josh shouldnt have been kept, that he’s a waste of scholarship, he’ll never be any good. Well guess what, he just drafted! Hood is a necessity on this team with all the one and done like 22 says. Will he be a star? No, but he can be a very good role player and bring leadership to this team. I really dont get how some of you call yourselves fans when you obviously know very little. I think its funny you’re complaining about a #40 4 star player when just a few years we would have given a left arm for him. Just goes to show Cal’s recruiting capabilities. Regardless, Hood is on the team because Cal wanted him. He could have let him go. He didnt have to call him. It doesnt matter to Cal if he’s from KY or not!!

  25. SagaciousMind

    19, agree! Jeff Sheppard, enough said!

  26. charles babb

    Hood has been a great help even if not in the games as a practice player, everyone can’t be a star, you need roll players

  27. CatnCatlanta

    Jon Hood may end up being another Patrick Sparks by the time he is a junior or senior. He could get his shot down and end up being a rally starter off of the bench. Those are big “could’s” though,,,,,,,,,,,

  28. DC4UK

    Well Cal says he’s not sure if he wants to red shirt him. Whether it’s because he can find a better 2 guard that’s a freshman or for a other reason. I’m just not sure he ll ever get his chance. I’ll never dog a player but Cal will never have him as much as a contributor ever! Sorry Jon get well and prove the haters wrong. He ll never start at Uk that’s for damn sure.

  29. Number 8

    There are definitely two sides to this story. First is that any kentucky kid would love to sit at the end of the bench for four years amd never really contribute, and if that’s the reason he stays and redshirts than I fully understand. However as far as his talent goes he will never have what it takes to play at a national chamionship level (which is what we play for here at UK). For his game he would be better suited to go ahead amd transfer and use that year to rehab. He could at least get minutes at another school such as WKU or EKU. And to everyone who says he was rated so he has to be good, well a lot of players every year are overrated amd underrated, amd hood is most likely one of those that was overrated and has absolutely no confidence in his game to make up for it. He would be better suited to go somewhere and get some minutes rather than sitting on the bench. Although sitting at the end of the bench for four or five years and hanging out with a bunch of first round draft picks is pretty cool for a kid from Kentucky.

  30. bdub

    Give the kid a chance, look at how long it’s taken D. Miller to be productive! A redshirt would benefit both Hood & the Wildcats!