Eric Lindsey over at CoachCal.com has a magnificent piece on Jon Hood and Hood’s plans for his senior season at Kentucky and life after basketball. Jon knew at a young age, long before he became a Wildcat, what he wanted to do in life after college basketball, and that is to use his post-basketball resources to found an organization that provides a place for special needs children to play sports in Western Kentucky. Jon reminisces back on the days when he and his family would drive 40 miles north of Madisonville for his little brother’s league game’s in Henderson, Kentucky. Mitchell Hood has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and at the time, there was a league for other children like Mitchell to play ball.
In Hood’s interview with Lindsey for the feature piece, he also talks about how hard it was to sit on the sidelines, watching his teammates practice, while rehabbing his knee injury. He is entering his fifth season with UK as a brand new player with a new appreciation for the game — and John Calipari’s yelling, he says.
Give it a read over at CoachCal.com. It’s worth your time.