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Welcome, Jon Hood!

It’s not often that a player can look back at a stat line that included going 1-6 from the field and be happy with his performance.  But, for Kentucky sophomore Jon Hood, Sunday morning brings a renewed confidence and a sense of accomplishment as the shooting guard from Madisonville finally did exactly what the Kentucky staff wanted him to do against LSU Saturday – give them reason to keep him on the floor. 

Against the Tigers, Hood registered career highs in assists (3) and rebounds (4), while committing zero turnovers.  Most importantly, Hood appeared to shake what Cal called “buzzard’s luck” and fought on defense, which allowed him to register another career-high, 20 minutes on the floor.  For a team that has looked to find another player or two to mix into the rotation and for a staff who has openly opined about Hood needing to focus on contributing in other areas of the game than points, it was a welcomed sign of development that, not surprisingly, left the staff very pleased.

After the game, assistant coach John Robic had this to say about Hood’s night:

“I was happy for him today. He played more aggressively. He went after balls instead of shying away from them. I think that is a big thing with him. The biggest thing about his confidence is him grabbing that offensive rebound and sticking it back in. And you know what, he had fun out there tonight and I think that is important for him. It was nice to see him get extended minutes.”

Before this season began, the expectation was that Hood would be given an opportunity to contribute to a roster left depleted by early entries into the NBA Draft.  He even acknowledged this week that he expected to be playing more minutes this season.  But, Coach Cal has remained firm that the minutes would have to be earned, no matter how thin the roster, and has had the same stance throughout the season that the minutes would have to be earned in all of the ways that Hood has not proven himself capable yet.  On Saturday, despite a game that wasn’t statistically sexy, he seemed to tajke a major step forward.  For Jon Hood, that’s a very good sign – a sign that, hopefully, becoming a reliable rotation player is soon to follow.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

44 Comments for Welcome, Jon Hood!

  1. tdogg4033011
    2:40 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    GO CATS !!!!

  2. wldctky
    2:56 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    WOW, you saw a different game then I did…He did nothing but prove he shouldn’t be on the floor!!!!

  3. P.PattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    2:56 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Beisner, have you made a new twitter name in order to spy on Hood?

  4. tdogg4033011
    3:01 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    2) Hood played ok, they dont need a big contribution …. just someone to not kill them every time they come in. Hood had a few boards & an offensive put back ….. he’ll get better with more time.

  5. John
    3:08 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Until Jon Hood learns how to shoot I’ll continue to be unimpressed.

  6. huge ky fan
    3:21 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    all i no is tht the nba lockout better happen cuz then next year recurits will stay and we r trying to get andre drummond, alex murphy, and kaleb. we would be some dominate if we add those 4 with the 4 comin in next year.

  7. huge ky fan
    3:21 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink


  8. David
    3:23 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    I would love to TAJKE A MAJOR STEP FORWARD too.

  9. Bledsoe's GPA
    3:29 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    What a waste of time for the coaching staff and for this write-up.

  10. RidgeRunner
    3:34 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Damn guys…I mean he did play some defense for the first time. Liggins has nuthin’ to worry about but he did stay with his man. just sayin’

  11. Andy
    3:45 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Hood looked okay. He was more aggressive in high school. Somehow when the lights come on, he struggles on the big stage. Maybe his problem is just anxiety. Give him a xanax or two the night before.

  12. Petee thameltoe
    3:47 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Lets not put im up on that pedistal yet…this was a weak and beat down LSU team.

  13. The Fan
    3:49 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    When I watch Hood come in the game, he runs to the side behind the 3 point line and stands there, and then if he does get the ball to shoot a three it takes him for ever to get set so he shots it short. He has to get quicker and more aggressive. Until then he is just a guy who comes in and helps saves on fouls.

  14. Theravada Buddhism
    3:57 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    tajke is a Swedish word, right?

  15. T.J.
    3:59 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    13- Hood has the quickest release on the team. His shots just dont fall.

  16. B
    4:02 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    I disagree that Hood has made progress. Bad article.

  17. parvenu1
    4:05 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Unbelievable ripping of a UK player.

  18. Alan
    4:06 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Lovin’ the pic of the mop! Go Maroons!!!

  19. The Fan
    4:06 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    15. Knight has the quickest release. Watch Hood he has to get set before he shoots.

  20. bung
    4:26 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Great Article…..Glad coach thought that was a HUge rebound and putback also.

  21. bung
    4:28 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Go Jon Hood….and all the Cats. What I can’t figure out about this team is how good we are to run out with a turnover and yet had only 2 fastbreak baskets on 34 defensive rebounds.

  22. bung
    4:31 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    I hope Hood keeps going like Hartline did.

  23. BigBlueCATS!!
    4:55 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    good lord Beisner, Do you proof read at all? “Tajke”

  24. JMFATZ47
    5:07 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Hood has a long way to go go to be a legitimate contributor. Just watch the game and it should be pretty obvious. I want him to do well as much as the next person but it’s just not there….

    It gets old hearing people talking about it all the time. It’s either THERE or its not. Right now, it’s not there. I know there are a lot of people rooting for him to get more minutes and I am happy he got to play 20 minutes yesterday. However, in a tight, non LSU/Auburn matchup, Hood’s minutes will again diminish. He is a very unreliable shooter and a poor finisher around the rim. His defense is marginal at best. Again, he has a ways to go.

  25. Big Al
    5:09 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Cal seems to put him in situations where there is another slow white guy to guard.

  26. Jim
    5:10 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Way to go Jon Hood. Extra playing time just may give him the confidence he needs for a game we really need him.

  27. LansingCat
    5:23 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    26 is right. He just might need that one game to start believing in himself. When you can convince yourself that you’re a bad mofo, you’ll end up being one.

  28. Wayne
    5:31 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not a grammer and spelling junkie, but can you for once in your life get through a post without spelling something incorrectly? C’mon dude. It’s bad enough that Jones is gone, but at least put forth some effort and hit the spell check button.

  29. The Fan
    5:37 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    28. Who cares? He isn’t writing for the president.

  30. sunnycat
    5:45 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    21 Some of that is Jones rebounding and bringing the ball up. He just hasnt figured out yet he is NOT a guard.

  31. Issel's two front teeth
    6:09 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    #30 I agree, Jones needs to be a big on this team, not a guard. Get the rebound, outlet to a guard, and then trail and cut down the lane. Jones would be surprised at how many times he would get the ball in the lane on fast breaks as the trailer, if he would just outlet the ball and run the floor!
    I know we would be a better team if Jones would play like a 6’9″ big, instead of a 6’4″ point guard.

  32. Eggs Wilhoite
    6:12 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Hood—where is the jumper? Geeze.

  33. Pot Meet Kettle
    6:13 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    28 – Moron. It is “grammar”, not grammer. Idiot.

  34. Mr Obvious
    6:15 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Hood wouldn’t be getting these minutes if he wasn’t from KY. Cal knows how to keep the blue hairs happy.

  35. Big D
    6:32 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Funny thing about Hood is that he can shot. At least he could in high school. I know this is big time college ball, but I saw a ton of Hood in high school over here in the western part of the state, and he could shoot.

  36. Sheeeeeeiiiit
    6:42 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Your right 34. Cal put him in to satisfy some pressure from fans. Hood was not so great. If any of our hype players played like him we would think they sucked. But because he is whitey from KY…oh he’s so good.

    20 minutes against LSU won’t solve a thing. Hood will always be on the bench or battling for small PT. Next year we will have more great players than this squad and Hood may never see a minute.

    I am not saying I like it or it’s good, hell I’m from Madisinville KY too. But I just think that’s the deal. Hood no good.

  37. KYWineman
    6:43 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    It is painfully obvious that many posting on here are actually clueless about role playing on a basketball team. We don’t really need to bring Hood in for scoring, what we need is an extra defensive player who can give a breather to a starter or play some fill in when others get in foul trouble. If Hood can fill that role, he will add much needed depth. If the only way you know how to judge a player is by his scoring line, you don’t know team basketball.

  38. ksrfan
    7:02 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    Come on guys! Why is everyone ripping him so hard? You can’t expect every player on the team to be a NBA’er. We have to have role players and I think he’s shaping up to be a fine one. Not every person that puts the UK uniform on is gonna come in and be amazing in all facets of the game. He probably squats 3 and benches 2, show him some respect!

  39. wazzup
    7:23 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    15 and 19… Pitino has the quickest release

  40. bung
    7:35 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    I am glad Stamper was on our team and he wasnt as tall, as athletic or as a good a shooter as Hood. Ask 7′ Kosmalski, Jan van Breda Koff, or Fly Williams about that good ol Ky boy. They just bring an energy…… I thinkm this is all spelt rite

  41. The Fan
    7:56 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    39. very true

  42. Sheeeeeeiiiit
    8:48 pm January 16, 2011 Permalink

    That’s just the problem 37. I don’t think it’s clueless to admit Hood isn’t great, Its more about honesty. Cal seems to agree. Generally Hood makes mistakes. He is not a spark off the bench. His D is not great. I hope he turns it up and does better and yes obviously as a role player. 20 minutes against LSU did not say a whole bunch. If he can hold his own and actually contribute to a big win, now that would help him build confidence with coach, the team and fans. Not necessarily by points but with energy and Showing a desire to win.

  43. Sattyball5
    10:02 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    Can we please get a white kid from Peachtree Georgia?!?!? Instead of JJ Reddick, Hood should model his game after Sheppard! Earn your stripes pal! Knock down the shots! Set great screens! Block out! Get back on “D”! Keep contesting shots! Do the little things and the basketball God’s will take care of you! WESTERN KY WANTS YOU TO SUCCEED!!!!

    Henderson Fan!

  44. just childish
    1:42 pm January 17, 2011 Permalink

    Well Hood is on the team so just deal with it. Hood is having to earn his PT just like anyone else. I think he has some, “SOME” potential, BUT has to overcome the in-game jitters.