Hood set to have busy spring and summer

Madisonville North Hopkin's Jon Hood, a 2009 prospect, is the latest Kentucky high school player to be recruited by high major division 1 hoops programs, following in the footsteps of Darius Miller and Scotty Hopson in the class of 2008. Kentucky Sports Report's Brian Eldridge spoke to Hood's AAU coach to get an update on the player's recruitment.

The talent level in the state of Kentucky has continued to increase over the last few years after a long drought. The 2008 class includes multiple high major prospects, including Darius Miller and Scotty Hopson. The 2009 class also has a high quality prospect in Madisonville North Hopkins (Ky.) swingman, Jon Hood.

Hood led his Maroons with 21 points and eight rebounds per game before breaking his wrist in the district tournament. Still, he is among the most coveted players in the nation.

"He's got a pretty good list of schools looking at him," said John Henderson of the Nashville Celtics, Hood's AAU coach.

Henderson included a who's who of college basketball on Hood's list. The home state Wildcats join, Tennessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Texas, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Kansas on Hood's early list.

"UK and Tennessee have been recruiting him the longest, and Georgia," said Henderson.

It's easy to see why so many programs have high interest in Hood. His skill level at his size and age are very high.

"He handles the ball well. He's a very complete player, especially on offense," said Henderson. "He's long and athletic and he shoots the ball well from three point range. He's high skilled and athletic. That's the best way to describe him," continued Henderson.

Could the Wildcats have the home team advantage?

"It's all pretty even. He wants to give everyone a fair chance," said Henderson. There could be some changes on Hood's list in the next two months, however.

"He's just going to keep it open and see how the spring plays out," said Henderson. "He'll probably narrow it down between the spring through June period and see where the interest is."

Aside from a busy AAU schedule, Hood has a few other options this summer as well.

"He's been invited to several elite camps. He'll also be attending the NBAPA Camp," said Henderson.

Up next for the Celtics this weekend is King James in Akron, a LeBron James sponsored AAU event.

Hood is currently listed as a four-star prospect according to Scout.com and is the number eight small forward.

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