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Is it Jon Hood’s time?

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Watch out folks, ’cause lake hair is caring these days.

On Monday night, John Robic’s blonde locks sat in for Coach Cal on the call-in show and had some interesting insight into the team’s progression. When asked which player would benefit most from Camp Cal, the Cats’ daily conditioning session, Robic mentioned Jon Hood as one of the team’s most improved players as of late. According to Robic, Hood had the best practice of anyone on the team on Sunday, hustling and drilling almost all of his shots.

Against Samford, Hood hit two three pointers in the last minute, giving him a much-needed confidence boost that didn’t go unnoticed by Calipari, who sent this tweet out on Friday:

Yes, good performance in practice doesn’t always equal good performance in games (see: Matt Pilgrim). And while it’s pretty obvious at this point that Hood will never be a starter or even a sixth man, could Hood’s improvement in practice earn him more than clean-up minutes?

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67 Comments for Is it Jon Hood’s time?

  1. Ken Howe
    2:01 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink


  2. H.A.Milton
    2:01 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    If Hood can hit shots, he’s a better option than Wiltjer at this point

  3. njCat
    2:03 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hood at the 3 and Poythress at the 4. Much better team.

  4. WilsonPiCat
    2:04 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    You bet! Bring it, Jon!

  5. njCat
    2:06 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    He is MUCH quicker than Wiltjer, plays better defense, hustles more, and if he’s hitting his shots – its a no-brainer.

  6. Blue
    2:07 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    5…If you think Jon Hood gives us a better chance to win than Alex Poythress, even at those times when Poythress lacks the killer instinct, I would love to play your basketball team. Automatic W.

    That’s not to say that Hood can’t contribute…He can, and if he’s improving and working hard in practice, he deserves a legitimate chance to prove himself in games. But, to say he deserves to take all of Poythress’s minutes is borderline crazy.

  7. Owensboro Area FB Recruits
    2:09 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Neal Brown is visiting 4* UnderArmor All-American Hunter Bivin today in Owensboro. The Kid is ROCK solid to Notre Dame. But UK should give Logan Cart from Owensboro Catholic a look. I saw these two kids faceoff against each other in the fall and Logan Cart Absolutely ManHandled Hunter Bivin. Va Tech and Frank Beamer have interest in Cart. Give the Kentucky kid a call.

  8. MJ4UK
    2:09 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Short answer………No

  9. I Say
    2:09 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t care, as long as he takes a shower and brushes his hair before our next game I could care less how he plays. He needs to at least look decent when he’s sitting on the bench

  10. Steely Dan
    2:11 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Jon Hood is such a mouth-breather

  11. AJ23
    2:12 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    If any of you guys is okay with the amount of effort #22 is currently exerting, yall are crazy

  12. I Say
    2:12 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I played against Hubter Bivin in high school and the kid was a big b!tch. Knocked him out if the playoffs

  13. Steve
    2:13 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Was disappointed on Sat when Hood got only mop up minutes against Portland.
    Agree with 5. on the point of disinterest on Poythress. We had the best seats ever in Rupp on Sat and noticed the sullen expression on his face most of the time. My wife even pointed out in the 1st half when team was coming to bench during a timeout coach Ag was talking to him and he just kept walking ignoring the coaches instructions. He acts like no fun no care.

  14. UK Freshmen
    2:14 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    The season is now officially over. Goodnight.

  15. Josh Carrier
    2:16 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been reincarnated and I say “Put me in Coach, I’m ready to play today!”

  16. UKBlue
    2:18 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hood is going to go down as one of those UK players that never plays, and we have to fight to remember his name in the future.

    Hood was good enough for a Tubby – Billy G team, as soon as he heard Cal was coming, he should have done himself a favor and attended another school.

  17. Jughead
    2:20 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s pitch in and buy him a suck-cut and a razor.

  18. Steely Dan
    2:20 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    24) Why don’t you just not run into people?

  19. Muzz
    2:21 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    5 are you out of your mind?

  20. Ashley Judd
    2:23 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I do not like John Hood because he is from Madisonville and Madisonville supports the coal industry

  21. UKBlue
    2:24 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Say what you want; Alex has the ability, but he has been a major disappointment so far this season. They can’t say it, but the coaching staff has to be like WTF, this isn’t what we recruited. He was this hyped player & at times shows flashes of that said greatness, but for the most part the only thing he has done is stand in the corner of the floor.

  22. Get a clue
    2:25 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Oh you lifer KY folk are so funny. It’s like you grow up with this dream of playing for KY and when some bad whiteboy from the state does you all expect him to be good just because one time Rex Chapman was good. Hood wasn’t barely a top 100 recruit and is bad, deal with it. Wiltjier is a top 15 player and will be in the NBA it’s just growing pains. As far as him over Poythress you people are insane, he’s our best player, I wouldn’t hustle either if my team mate Goodwin was just gonna shoot and never pass me the ball.

  23. I say
    2:30 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    41 Hood was a top 50 recruit on multiple scouting services

  24. I say
    2:31 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you for taking that ignorant asshole of the comments section

  25. bigbluejon
    2:33 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson/Goodwin/Hood/Wiltjer/WCS is our best starting 5.

  26. AWAT
    2:38 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I hope Hood is able to make shots for us. However, if he plays a lot we will be in trouble. He needs some spot minutes, much like Polson’s.

  27. I Say
    2:39 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    25 we wouldn’t win another game if that was our starting five

  28. H.A.Milton
    2:41 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Am I missing something here? I didn’t see anyone suggest Hood over Poythress. It was Hood over Wiltjer, and if Wiltjer doesn’t man up, he will never even make it in the D league. As for Poythress, he is the definition of ‘Draft Hair, don’t care’ That kid is not even present, he’s as disjointed out there as Terence Jones’ pinky last year…but its still not even a question between him and the White Boy Academy. Lastly, best player he is not, though. That is Archie all day, every day. He is the only person playing true Kentucky Basketball so far (…sometimes Nerlens plays UK ball, too.)

  29. Got a clue
    2:42 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    #22 you have no clue about basketball or recruiting. Jon was a top 50 recruit coming out of high school. I’m not saying play him over Poythress, but give him a chance. Wiltjer has been a cancer to this team of late going 6-30 from 3 pt land and grabbing a handful of rebounds in his last 6 games. He hasn’t showed any instinct on defense and camps and calls for the ball 3 ft behind the three point line. Stats are stats. With Hood, you get somebody who gives it everything on defense and gives you the same deep threat as Wiltjer. No brainer he needs to see the floor.

  30. tutty
    2:43 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Are we being serious? If Hood is really in our rotation I guess we have already given up on the season. It’s just hard to believe we are this bad. Jon Hood? Seriously??!?

  31. tutty
    2:44 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    #23 Shut up.. there is absolutely no truth to that.

  32. Will S
    2:46 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hood over Poythress?? No… just, no… god no.

  33. Jughead
    2:46 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hood has the ability to bury them like a madman. I just keep waiting for him to show up and drill tre’s consistently.

    But, Cal has to stick with Poythress at this point. He’s young and kinda confused–not lazy.

  34. truBLU
    2:48 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    #31 it is absoultely true. He was a 4-star top 50 prospect according to most, if not all services.

  35. UC Farmer
    2:50 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    This should be our starting line-up. Harrow, Goodwin, Hood, Poythress and Noel. This puts Poythress down low where he’s better. They can still play 4 out, 1 in. It’s a better defensive line-up. I wish Cal would give it a chance.

  36. H.A.Milton
    2:51 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Come on, people, Hood over Wiltjer is one thing. but Hood over Poythress? Thats just damaging your credibility…

  37. I Say
    2:52 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    31 here’s one more numb nuts!
    Number 10 small forward in the country!

  38. bung
    2:52 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hood would be a good contributor if given enough minutes. He has size, hustle, and a good shot…

  39. steve
    2:53 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    It’s been almost a year since I’ve been on the comments section, but the neg comments could be at a all-time high. This team needs EVERYBODY this year. Hope Jon gets going and gives another option as he would make 8 players in rotation and we need him.

  40. H.A.Milton
    2:53 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    hitting a couple of shots does not make you a starter. Gets you some minutes, ok. Starter, NO. By mid SEC sched it will be Harrow, Goodwin, Poythress, Ketchup, and Mustard….or was it Mustard and Ketchup?

  41. I Say
    2:56 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    31 just shut up…you have absolutely no idea what your talking about

  42. And you say...
    2:57 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I only hear what I want to, I don’t pay attention to the distance that you’re running to anyone, anywhere.

  43. al
    2:58 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Love Hood….but not happenin’. he hits 2 3’s v. Samford….Cal brags about him and then he plays one minute against Portland. I hope I am wrong, but not happening. Cal tweet is just Cal being Cal….

  44. Ukfan
    2:59 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Only if he shaves and gets a fn haircut..

  45. EC
    3:00 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hood has definitely earned a shot. Wiltjer has not been effective and is a very weak defender and rebounder. Hood at least gives maximum effort while he’s in the game. We need that more than anything right now.

  46. kentuckyjoe
    3:01 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    He has to get some more minutes because we have to learn if he bang threes like he did last game. For all we know he has this ability. We have to learn for sure. He does hustle and tries really hard. He boards and he goes after loose balls. Get him in there and let’s find out if he can bang that three ball.

  47. just saying
    3:08 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    20 bucks he gets less than 8 minutes in the next game NO MATTER the score, this is a psych out to guys like Wiltjer and Poythress. Hodd DOES NOT care about playing here and its obvious

  48. bung
    3:12 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    We might actually be able to consistently run the fast break after a defensive rebound if Hood were in the game and not “resting” like some of the guys appear to be…

  49. Laker Cat 18
    3:25 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink


  50. On our minds
    3:48 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Why don’t we just talk about what’s really on our minds…. in that we are watching a bunch of HS kids try to learn a college game against college talent. When in fact, we don’t have to be watching these talented kids struggle so much if a certain player or players from a season ago would have made the right decision to come back to college and hone his skills (I’m looking at you Marquis). It’s not always the best thing for the player to go to the NBA for $800k when he could get $3 million by coming back. $800k then going to the D league to wash out because you weren’t ready really isn’t the greatest thing for you, even though Cal tells us it’s the best thing. Keep SOME consistency in the players and we/they wouldn’t have to go through this.

  51. I Wish
    4:40 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    UK Freshmen-We all wish your season was over. In fact, your posting “career.”

  52. Got a clue
    4:57 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    #49 you make me laugh. Don’t you think if Jon didn’t care about playing here he would have left after the knee injury? You are making assumptions about a young man who had busted it to get back to where he is at. Jon has spent more time in the gym than 90% of the team working on his game to get better. You’re judging someone who is doing everything they can just to get a chance to prove himself. Is this the kind of fan you are? Is this the kind of fans UK fans have evolved into? Just because you don’t go pro within the first 2 years doesn’t make you a bad player. Get real man. Be a true fan and support your team.

  53. Catman Joe
    5:13 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I remember when they said Josh Carrier was the best player in practice. He would always get selected first in pick up games but couldn’t do squat on the court! I wouldn’t take this with a grain of salt

  54. oldschool
    5:31 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    If this is some ploy to motivate other players – it’s extremey unfair to Jon Hood.

    If Hood, as the coaching staff claims, has been playing so well and earned confidence with the two three-pointers in four minutes of playing time against Samford – why did he only log one-minute of court time in a 28-point win against Portland.

    I’m all for playing Hood. Put him in, let him play a straight 5-6 minute stretch – allow him to play through a miscue or a mistake or two, let him work up a sweat, get in the flow of the game, and see what he could do.

    I’m convinced Hood is much more of a player than most UK fans give him credit for. He really has never gotten a shot and I hope Cal isn’t playing some kind of mind game with him on this one.

  55. BravoBigBlue
    5:36 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hood deserves to play. Every game. Period.

  56. JBR
    7:23 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, Hood deserves to play…but Cal has never given Hood a chance. He has a problem with him for some reason, and I bet he does not get any more PT now than before.

  57. Beavis
    8:37 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Like it or not,,,,Hood is going to have to play and produce for this team. The minutes he gets are up to him. Wiltjer’s shooting makes it even more apparent. His shots that did not even touch the rim are now wide left and if he is not hitting shots,,,why do we need him on the floor. For his defense ? Till he gets it worked out,,,,Hood needs to play more.

  58. gottobekiddin
    8:46 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    LakeHair on fire !!! watch out SEC!!!

  59. Katdaddy
    9:40 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I love hood and polson both! but think about it guys,if we are depending on them this team is in trouble. It’s hard for me to be optimistic.

  60. J Jones
    11:42 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Jons biggest problem is coach cal dosen!t like him. He gives him no confidence by putting him in one then he dosen!t play the next game. Cal plays jon like billy g used too play harrellson. You can!t get any rhythmn going being used like that. Jon should have transferred to wku where he would have gotten to play. Although he has a national championship ring which is worth something. He will always be associated with a championship team.

  61. Jim
    12:32 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    I would like to know what has happened to Wiltjer’s shot.
    He’s in one of the worst slumps I’ve seen. He needs to be
    playing in the low post. He may have the best moves down low on this team, but stays out on the 3 point line. I think he would be better off down low.
    I also think John Hood’s problems are in his head. Some
    players just can’t handle the pressure. He may have been
    a helluva player at WKU.
    You guys need to get off Poythress’s case before you run
    him off. He’s playing like a normal freshman.

  62. BravoBigBlue
    1:19 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    62,63 – Hood can help this team. He is a 4th year Junior! He has practiced with some great ballplayers during his time here. How do you know Cal doesn’t like him? Is that a guess?
    As far as Poythress is concerned, it is up to him at this point. If he cannot give consistent effort (and he does NOT), then he can forget about a career in the NBA. The D-league and Europe are full of players like him. I am wondering if he is just LAZY. You know, some people just are lazy and don’t want to work hard. That’s a fact.

  63. TruthKat83
    3:06 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hey #31, why don’t you shut up yourself and check this out: Pay particualr attention to the kid ranked at 40…

  64. Don
    4:21 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    If hood brings the energy and plays great why can’t he play, I do not care where he is from. He looks much quicker than wiltjer, but isn’t the shooter from the three that wiltjer is. Hey I thought Kentucky fans were for Kentucky boys as well as from the rest of the country.

  65. UKfaninhoosierland
    1:54 am December 14, 2012 Permalink

    It is sad to read the negativity found in this comment section. Most of you sound like spoiled children, crying because things don’t always go your way. Seriously, face the facts, this is a young team with a lot of growing and learning still to come. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you expect these young kids to bust out of the gate, picking up where last years national champions left off. You need to temper your desires with a dose of reality. There is a ton of potential and talent on this team; if we support them and give them a chance to blossom, then we might see them rise to greatness. Show your class BBN, and support your team through the good times and the bad.