Imagine giving up the thing you love the most, having it ripped away due to an unforeseen circumstance, all the while watching the people around you reach the highest heights without you. That’s what Kentucky junior forward Jon Hood experienced last season during Kentucky’s 2012 national championship run. “That was very hard. It’s one of those things… it’s brutal,” said Hood. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as an athlete is to not be able to play the sport that I have a scholarship to play.” Hood suffered a torn ACL in summer workouts and never played in the 2011-12 season. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t paying attention. Or helping out. Or leading his team.