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UK signee Hood has stress fracture in foot

Madisonville High School basketball star and University of Kentucky signee Jon Hood injured his right foot in the district tournament finals against Hopkins Central last week.

It has since been diagnosed as a stress fracture, and the 6-foot-7 Mr. Basketball front-runner will miss the rest of the post-season. He was not expected to play against Trigg County in the 2nd Region Tournament Thursday night.

Brian Hood, Jon's dad, sent an e-mail to the Herald-Leader "to end some speculation and rampant misinformation" about his son's injury.

Brian Hood said Jon at first thought his injury was a mild sprain, but when his foot was still sore and swollen after a few days, he went to the doctor on Tuesday.

"It was first diagnosed as a stress reaction, and his (foot) was put into a boot as a precaution.

"On Wednesday, we were able to meet with a specialist and consult with other doctors. It was obvious (to them) that it was a stress fracture and that it would require four weeks to heal.

"Neither Madisonville Coach Marty Cline or UK Coach Billy Gillispie had anything to do with him being told not to play. Reports to the contrary are blind speculation and totally irresponsible by the people spreading such falsehoods.

"Both Coach Cline and Coach Gillispie were totally supportive of the doctors' decision, and in no way tried to influence Jon or us one way or the other. Jon wanted to play. He tried to go until he was told that he couldn't by three doctors."

Hood averaged 28 points and 12.5 rebounds this season. This is the second year in a row he was injured in the district tournament. Last March he suffered a broken wrist against Hopkins Central and was sidelined the rest of the post-season.

Asked how his son handled the latest news, Brian Hood said, "Jon is good about not worrying about things he has no control over. He had his five-minute meltdown, then he was fine. He understands there's nothing he can do about it."

Hood is the second member of UK's Class of 2009-10 to suffer an injury that cost significant playing time.

Daniel Orton, a 6-10 center from Oklahoma City, missed his entire senior season after having surgery on his left knee.

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