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Jon Hood is doing great things on and off the court



John Calipari has made no secret as of late when talking about just how great Jon Hood has been this season for Kentucky. Will Hood’s contributions be felt so much on the court? Probably not, but Hood is finding a way to make his mark on this team… as well as the community. On Friday night before the Georgia game, Calipari walked out of his office to find Jon Hood taking a young boy, Gaige Osborne, for a little basketball shoot-around in the Craft Center. Hood was doing this on his own time, out of the own good of his heart. Hood then hosted Gaige and his family for the Georgia game on Saturday, even putting on a little late-game show for his guests by scoring a basket and assisting another.

In his post-game comments on the radio, Calipari spoke glowingly about Hood and his impact on this team. Calipari said that the players almost look at Hood as another member of the coaching staff, and that Calipari and his staff gain a lot from Hood’s mentoring of the younger players. Calipari once again mentioned that no other player in the history of basketball has played with as many pros during their college career as Jon Hood. Calipari went on to rave about how great of a coach Hood could be someday, if he chooses that path.

Kudos to Hood for making a young boy’s weekend by taking time out of his schedule to spend time with him.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

13 Comments for Jon Hood is doing great things on and off the court

  1. uk78
    2:22 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    Way to make that young mans day john

  2. General Zod
    2:39 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    Must be backwards day. KSR with a positive post about Jon Hood.

  3. Gary
    2:42 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    Ata a boy John…more than one way to be THE MAN.

  4. the nati
    2:49 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    Good for Jon…so many good stories like this I read about UK players and coaches since Coach Cal has been here. Why doesn’t writers like Pete Thamel, Seth Davis, Pat Forte and others tweet or write about em?

    • Linda Taylor
      3:07 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

      They only care to try to dig up dirt on UK and Coach Cal. I am very proud of Jon and I hope he has a very bright future.

  5. roundball fool
    3:22 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    way to go Jon!

    another in a long line of outstanding young men to play for the Cats!

  6. Chaz
    4:07 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    Very nice, Jon. I would wager there have been other stories like this left unsaid simply because you didn’t intend them to said in the first place.

    Ten years from BBN will be doing yet another “what if ?” or “boys from Kentucky ” feel good post and I hope someone recalls that kid from Madisonville that BCG recruited. He played thru the BCG and Cal years, had surgery, WBA videos, tires slashed, and who knows what else. I love all our Kentucky kids and want to thank you, Jon, for your time spent here.

  7. BravoBigBlue
    4:46 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    I’m a Jon Hood fan. Would love to see him on the floor more this year. He definitely should have played a lot more last year. I hope he does follow in the footsteps of another Wildcat from Madisonville in the college coaching ranks, Travis Ford. He is solid in his game and it’s great to see the type of person he is, giving back so unselfishly to the fans of BBN.

  8. Dr. Tom
    5:58 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    From one guy from the western part of the state (Union Co.) to another, I am very proud of you Jon for all you have done representing the University of Kentucky. Your heart really goes out to the physically challenged and you are to be commended for that passion. Good luck the rest of the season and after you leave UK. I have no doubt you will do well in life and will be a great representative of the university. It has been a pleasure watching your contribution to the team over the last five years.

  9. Maroon
    6:03 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    Madville proud of you jon

  10. BluecatJjones
    6:25 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    Good to see John Hood embracing his stature as a Kentucky Wildcat. He’s always been humble and worked very hard. I’m from the 2nd region and I am proud of what the young man has done with his heart. Keep it up John!

  11. Rnet
    9:37 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!!!! I am so glad you guys posted something positive and not a Louisville head coaching update

  12. GiGi
    11:37 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    A true servant leader.