You wouldn't know it by his unassuming attitude or his baby face, but Madisonville North Hopkins junior Jon Hood is on the radars of many of the nation's top college basketball programs. One such program is Kentucky, which has tender the 6-6 wingman a scholarship offer, Kentucky Sports Report caught up with Hood Monday night for the latest on his recruitment along with a bit of disappointing news about an early end to his junior season.
"We play in the regional championship tomorrow night, but I'm not playing. I broke my wrist in the district championship," said Hood, who was averaging 24 points and nine rebounds per game prior to his untimely injury.
Hood suffered the injury while being hit as he was trying to dunk on an opposing player. An intentional foul was called on the play, and Hood came down hard on his right hand, breaking his wrist. He'll miss the next five weeks, meaning his season is over.
"It's killing me [not to be able to play]," he said. "But I guess I'll get a lot better with my left hand."
Hood currently holds offers from UK, Ole Miss, Georgia and Tennessee. Meantime, Duke, Kansas and Texas are all showing interest. Hood grew up a UK fan, idolizing Jeff Shepherd.
"My dad tells me I play a bit like Rex Chapman, who played just down the road from here," Hood said. College coaches like "my versatility. I can play multiple positions. Play some point and anywhere to the four, in high school anyways."
College recruiters tell Hood they see him as a wing or point –forward type. He's a big time athlete, finishing third in the state last year in the high jump at six feet, four inches. He also shot 38 percent from 3-point range. So it's not difficult to understand why all of these major programs are after him.
Though he grew up dreaming of playing at Rupp Arena and lists UK among his favorites, Hood is not a done deal for Lexington. He doesn't mind the idea of starring elsewhere.
"It does appeal to me. I don't know why, but location's really not a factor for me," he said. "Some days I dreamed about playing at Rupp, other days I dreamed about Cameron Indoor or the Dean Dome."
Hood's plan is to take visits in the spring and summer and come to a decision before the start of his senior year. He likes the UK staff and has been out to UK four times already, so there's little question Kentucky will be in the mix. Stay tuned to KSR for the latest on Hood…
Jon Hood updates his recruitment
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