Jon Hood may be ‘way better,’ but good enough to play?

Jon Hood - photo by Walter Cornett |
Jon Hood – photo by Walter Cornett |

After bragging on junior Jon Hood’s improvement and recovery from a knee injury that cost him last season, University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari didn’t play the 6-foot-7 guard until the final four minutes of Thursday’s exhibition rout of Northwood.

Hood, who missed last season with a torn ACL in his right knee, hit his lone shot, a pull-up jumper near the free-throw line.

“Now I’ve got to figure out if we can stick in Jon Hood, which I’m going to do against (Transylvania),” Calipari said, referring to Monday night’s exhibition. “I told him and Jarrod (Polson), ‘I’ve got to go with these seven, and I’ve got to figure out stuff.’

“We’re so far behind. But I told (Hood), now seeing that Alex (Poythress) just didn’t have the energy to finish the game, that means that maybe we shove Jon Hood in there three or four minutes a half.”

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