Madisonville junior Jon Hood has been offered scholarships from several Division-I colleges, but the recruiting of the junior swingman ramped to a different level Friday when new Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie visited the school to watch Hood work out.
Hood scrimmaged with his Madisonville teammates, and according to the Madisonville Messenger, he had a dunk, blocked a couple of shots, and looked strong taking the ball to the basket. The workout ended a little early for Hood when he slightly injured his finger.
The junior has seen his stock rise over the summer thanks to strong showings at AAU camps and tournaments. Ole Miss offered Hood a scholly earlier this summer, and Georgia and Tennessee have also offered.
Gillispie's visit came a week after his new assistant coach Jeremy Cox visited the Hopkins County high school. Hood said the two talked, but no offer was made Friday.
Trigg County fans remember Hood for torching the Wildcats for 24 points and seven rebounds in Madisonville's 70-58 win over the Wildcats in the first round of the Second Region Tournament last year.
Hood will have to prepare for another workout later this week when Florida head coach Billy Donovan pays a visit to Madisonville on Wednesday, the Messenger said.
“Jon can dunk over anybody, from 6-5 to a 7-footer,” Madisonville head coach James Davis told the Madisonville Messenger. “He shoots the 3-pointer very well and sees the floor at 6-foot-6. All I ask the coaches to be honest with the player. As you can see, everyone realizes what he might be able to do at the next level.”