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Now We’re Talkin: An Interview with UK’s Newest Commit Jon Hood

I had planned on getting to the Tipton controversy tonight….but Hood’s commitment postpones it to the afternoon. But I will go over the absurdity soon enough….

Now here is a recruit to get excited about folks. In the same manner that Dominique Ferguson is an top-tier guy that will change the UK program, the commitment of Jon Hood today is of huge importance as well. Hood is from the streets of Madisonville and could be the best “big man” (although I use that phrase loosely since he plays a great deal on the perimeter) in Kentucky in quite some time. He is part of the 2009 class and over the times I have seen him this year, he has shown me the ability to be a top-notch player in the SEC. Tennessee wanted him badly, he was on Duke’s radar and if anyone believed he would actually leave Kentucky, more schools would have been chasing him. But as it is, Kentucky got the commitment today and Hood will be a Cat. I spoke with him tonight and here was our conversation:

Congrats on your commitment today. What made you choose Kentucky in the end?

It was the best fit overall for me. I had been talking to my parents about the schools and what I liked about Kentucky and they said that it sounded like I wanted to go to Kentucky. I thought about it and decided they were right, so I did.

Were there any particular qualities about Kentucky that impressed you most?

I loved the coaches, facilities, the other players they were recruiting, really the whole thing. Lots of people from my high school will be going there so I will know a lot of people on campus. And then of course it is Kentucky, with all that tradition.

You mention the players they are recruiting? Do you know those guys?

Well I know all the guys they have coming in except Galloway. I like the way they all play and I know they are really good. That was important for me to see.

What other schools were you seriously considering?

Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Duke primarily. In the end I didnt dislike those schools, but just knew how much I liked Kentucky.

When did you decide to pull the trigger and how did you tell the UK coaches?

Well I was up there right before our trip to Akron a while ago and was in Coach’s office. I woke up one morning and realized that Kentucky was where I wanted to go and so I told Coach. He was really happy and was just excited. We shook on it….actually we hugged on it and went from there. Everyone was really happy.

Do you know any of the players currently on the team well?

I have talked to Patterson and Jasper a few times. I talk a lot to Matt Schnerbenske and he tells me what it is like and how much I will enjoy it.

Was the fact that you were from Kentucky important in your decision?

Not really. My dad always said that I had to make the most selfish decision I had ever made and I did. So the people around didnt really play a factor.

Congrats on your commitment and good luck next year.

Thanks, I appreciate it.

Nice kid and a player that I think can be a perfect four-year guy. I said about Jodie Meeks a few years back that he was the perfect college basketball player and the kind of commitment that can solidify any program. I believe Hood can be that kind of a guy….not a blow you away talent….but someone you can count on every game to make others better. Nice way for the Cats to continue their recruiting prowess.

If you missed anything yesterday, scroll down and see the beginning of our county overviews (another this afternoon) and Tomlin’s great NTK post. We also will be debuting the Barnstorming Tour Online Store this afternoon, where you can order signed merchandise from Joe and Ramel, plus the infamous “Fear the Woo” shirt. Watch for that, the story on the Tipton controversy and more throughout the day…..

Article written by Matt Jones