Jon Hood Makes College Decision

Kentucky received it's second verbal commitment of the 2009 class when Madisonville swingman Jon Hood made his verbal to the Wildcats. However, part of the story is that Gillispie has had Hood's commitment in hand for a couple of weeks.

"I committed about two weeks ago," said Hood. "I went up on a Friday to Lexington and sat down with coach Gillispie and coach Cox and I told them that I was coming," Hood said.

Jon is an early front-runner for Kentucky's Mr. Basketball for 2009. He's considered the top prospect in the state. Hood averaged 21 points and 7 rebounds a game for the Madisonville Maroons.

The thing that makes him special is his size and versatility. "People tell me I play like Mike Dunleavy. I'm just really versatile," he said.

Hood could play several roles for the Wildcats with that versatility. "He said I'd be playing guard. It just depends on how he wants to use me."

Hood was a highly recruited athlete. Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech were all involved with him. But in the end, the home school won out. "I felt that Kentucky was the best fit and the best place for me. I decided to make it known that I had committed," said Hood.

The decision had been made for a while according to Hood, but he kept it quiet to avoid causing a disturbance in his school. "We had just been keeping it quiet. It was just in respect to the school. We just hired a new coach. I didn't want to cause a disturbance," he said.

A weight is lifted from Hood's shoulders now that he has gone public with his commitment. "I'm excited. I'm happy and relieved to have to process completed," said Hood.

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