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Polson Gets National Attention

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We all saw it last night, even if we weren’t sure what was happening.  Polson’s emergence as a reliable go-to guy in crunch time was as surprising as it was amazing, and he finished up the game as Cal’s most reliable, efficient player on a team loaded with studs.  Naturally, BBN and the folks in Kentucky went crazy with attention, but we weren’t the only ones.  Check out these excerpts from national media sources discussing our newest hot topic.


[The buzz] was about coach John Calipari’s latest haul of high school All-Americans and talented transfers, who would be making their debuts in white and blue.  Instead, unheralded junior Jarrod Polson was the Wildcats’ MVP in a 72-69 season-opening victory over Maryland.  But the hero was a 6-foot-2 former walk-on from Nicholasville, Ky., who played just 31 minutes all of last season and scored seven points combined in his first two seasons with the Wildcats. … Polson gave Kentucky 22 steady minutes at the point.  How steady? Well, how about this stat line: 10 points, three assists and zero turnovers against a tenacious Maryland half-court defense.  Throw in two clutch free throws with 7.7 seconds left, extending Kentucky’s lead from one point to three, and you’ve basically got a dream come true.  … We’ll be talking about Noel, Goodwin, Wiltjer and company all season long. But on the opening night of this college basketball season, Kentucky’s best player was a former walk-on.  There might not be a bigger upset over the next five months.


Polson played great down the stretch, including ripping the ball out of Nick Faust’shands and scoring under Charles Mitchell for two points to push the lead to 67-63.  Polson ended up being Kentucky’s third-leading scorer and leading assist man.  Pretty good for a guy who is the farthest thing from a big name that you can think of at a program known for one-and-dones.

Huffington Post:

Junior guard Jarrod Polson scored 10 points — three more than he had in his career at Kentucky — and made the clinching free throws with 7.7 seconds to play as the third-ranked Wildcats held off a furious second-half rally by Maryland for a 72-69 victory Friday night.

Sports Illustrated:

[T]he juggernaut was not prepared to offer answers. What it served up was a fairy tale, an improbable-but-satisfying distraction: a story starring someone who never appeared in the Terrapins’ scouting report, who was not mentioned in scores of national-media preview stories about Kentucky and its brigade of future Lottery Picks. And for good reason, because junior reserve point guard Jarrod Polson — the star of the Wildcats’ 72-69, season-opening victory — was heretofore irrelevant. … In three years he had gone from walk-on to center stage at the Barclays Center, with the season opener in the balance. … [H]e gave us an improbable story, and on opening night of a long season, we can settle for that.

The Sports Illustrated article, by Luke Winn, was the most expansive of those linked; it featured the entire WBA original video.

The Polson phenomenon looks like more than just a local thing.  Congratulations to the junior whose commitment is paying off big-time.

Article written by Corey Nichols

23 Comments for Polson Gets National Attention

  1. harry
    5:33 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    way to go JP, keep it up.

  2. lexslamman
    5:40 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    He went to Jarrod.

  3. HawkeyeTim
    5:43 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    “Free Shabazz”—read on RHCP t-shirt……sounds familiar.

  4. Dr. Strange
    5:57 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Peyton Siva has a poster of Jarrod Polson on his wall!

  5. Rex wore 3
    5:58 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Can we take a page out of Houston Rockets’ Jeremy Lin (Linsanity) and have a Jarrod Polson (POLSANITY) movement!

  6. TampaCat
    6:01 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    When it comes to Kentucky, “Pick your Polson!”

  7. Rex wore 3
    6:07 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Just having some fun Trolling Motor. Polson just had flashes of Lin last night. He came out of nowhere and no one ever saw he coming.

  8. BigBlue1976
    6:10 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Those scrappy Kentucky boys just have those intangibles!

  9. sharon
    6:18 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Please. In basketball context, what does WBA stand for. And congratulations to Jarrod Polson! what a great night for a nice kid. one he will remember forever.

  10. J Jones
    6:19 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    What about his defense the way he fought over screen after screen was textbook. People remember he has played against wall,bledsoe,knight and teague in practice the last 3 years. I don!t think maryland had any players in that category. Lets hope coach cal can keep going to Jarrod.

  11. Linda Taylor
    6:25 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    11 – WBA stands for White Boys Academy. Last year Jarrod and Kyle made a lot of WBA rap videos that they put on the internet. This past summer Kyle and WCS started a new group that they called the Goonies after they found some Goonies shirts at Walmart. They made some pretty funny Goonies videos. I think Kyle just really enjoys making videos in general.

  12. Omar the Great
    6:29 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    This is exactly why I thought it was foolish for Stacy Poole to leave. Poole could have been this years Darius Miller. Might be Polson now. Good on ’em.

  13. Linda Taylor
    6:34 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I think it’s funny the UL trolls were trying as hard as they could yesterday to make us think Cal was going to take the Lakers head coaching job. Now that the Lakers’ deal with Phil Jackson is going to be announced anytime they actually think we would believe that Cal would take an assistants job with the Lakers. An assistants job! Hahahahahahahaha. You guys are funny! Pathetic, but funny.

  14. Badams
    6:37 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    12, he never practiced against Wall, Wall was already gone when Polson got to campus. But you are right, practicing against that kind of talent only made him better. I was very impressed with his defense and the 0 turnovers was an added bonus. He hustled and never gave up on a play, was very impressive. WCS and Wiltjer also impressed me. WCS hustles his butt off and I love it.

  15. Rex wore 3
    7:43 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Without Polson last night, the cats don’t win that game.. Pivotal put back and clutch free throws. The whole team needs to shoot free throws in practice.Noel is going to be great, but free throws late in game could be a liability for him.

  16. James Bond
    7:49 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville football(aka, Uavel) is legit all right.

    Joke conference.

    Joke schedule.

    Joke on them: AGAIN, loss to the ‘Cuse.


    Against The CUrSE!


    Yeah, strong beat Joker.

    Still, lil bro – is a JOKE.

  17. BBB
    7:52 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    We’re a football school! Hire Petrino! FLASH!!!Petrino buys house in Lexington!!!

  18. Beer?
    8:16 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t believe no one has said Polson Ice yet

  19. Favor?
    8:21 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone with some photoshop skills care to take the photo here:

    And make it say Polson Ice?

    Or take a dos equis pic and make it Polson on it with the “when I drink……Polson Ice” ????

  20. Trolling Motor
    8:57 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    25. You would. I bet you’re imagining her right now at KartKountry.

  21. harry
    9:01 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    jp = ice man

  22. Willis talkin bout..
    9:21 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Polsen Ice…

  23. Slim
    9:30 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Polson is now showing up in the second round of the mock drafts