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By CODY PORTER, Jessamine Journal
Kentucky senior Jarrod Polson said nothing could really top being a part of the team that won the Wildcats’ eighth national title, and the possibility of adding to that legacy could be on the horizon.
“I’ve played with a lot of talent in my three years so far, but this year’s talent could be even better than that,” Jarrod said. “Just the will to win is what I’ve noticed the most about this team. Even in the pick-up games, everyone’s going as hard as they can because they don’t want to lose. I think that’s the biggest thing that’s different about the last few years — we just want to win so bad and expect to win.”
The story of the Wildcats’ season has yet to unfold, but donning a new number (No. 3), Polson will step on Cawood’s Court one last time for his and Jon Hood’s senior day against Alabama.
It’s something Jarrod said he and Hood have thought about and discussed quite often, but with that said, Jarrod said don’t expect to see him cry.
“I think he will probably — from a fan perspective — get one of the loudest ovations of any Wildcat ever, obviously, because he’s local and a fan favorite,” George Polson, his father, said. “I think it’s going to be pretty overwhelming for him and us as parents. I can guarantee you (Chrisi’s) going to be crying, and I very well might. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool-blue fan … it will be surreal for us.”
One thing Jarrod said he hopes differs from his senior season of high school is living up to expectations, where as a Colt, West Jessamine fell short of its goal after reaching the state semifinals during Jarrod’s junior year.
The glimmer of his high-school son, which reappeared last November against Maryland, is what George said he hopes to see again.
“I told one reporter at the time who called that it’s so fun and exciting to finally see that look on Jarrod’s face again, like he used to have in high school,” George said. “I said it was literally like a caged animal set free, because it was like, ‘Finally, I’m out, I finally got my shot.’”
Acting as the “proverbial coach on the floor,” in the words of George, Jarrod’s four-year transformation will look to continue as he tries to solidify his hope of playing basketball overseas in the years to come.
“That (Maryland game) showed everybody that he’s not the kid that they need to yell ‘shoot’ at anymore,” George said. “He’s more than just the regular walk-on.”