Hood Headed To SEC

Scout.com's No. 68 junior, Jon Hood, reached a collegiate decision Wednesday evening. He'll play his ball in the SEC.

Billy Gillispie watched Jon Hood play quite a bit this spring. From the Real Deal to King James, the Kentucky skipper put the press on the 6-foot-6 Madisonville (Ky.) North Hopkins small forward.

Tennessee, Georgia Tech and a host of major college programs expressed interest. At the end of the day, Hood elected to remain in-state.

"I think definitely looked at all his options and took a lot of visits," Nashville Celtics coach Jonathan Henderson told Scout.com. "Ultimately (Kentucky) was where he was most comfortable and he wanted to go there. He investigated a bunch of schools."

Hood, coming off a broken arm, got out and played during the April evaluation period. It's a month where guys can heat up their stock in a hurry and programs are always ready to pounce on players. This time, however, it was the steady attention from UK that sealed the deal.

"They really recruited him hard, especially over the last couple of months. They really turned the heat up on him.

"I think they look at him as a guy who can play the (point) thru (small forward). I think he's going to have the ball in his hands quite a bit; kind of a point forward."

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