Kentucky has sured up the point guard position for the next two years, at least with pledges from both Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague in the last several days. But another in-state point guard could also be an option as a walk-on.
Kentucky recently offered a preferred walk-on position to West Jessamine’s Jarrod Polson. Polson averaged 18 points and seven assists per game leading the Colts into the second round of the Kentucky Sweet 16. Damon Kelley, Head Coach at West Jessamine, likes Polson’s ability.
“He’s a very talented young man in every aspect, on and off the floor,” said Kelley. “He was our point guard. From a ball-handling stand point, he’s the best kid I’ve been around. It didn’t matter what kind of defense we faced, he was a one man press offense,” said Kelley.
But the 6-foot-2, left-hander doesn’t just excel in handling the ball. “He’s a good shooter. That’s an area he needs to improve, but in big games he becomes a great shooter,” Kelley said. “In clutch situations he shot close to 45 or 50 percent in big games from three,” said Kelley. “He steps up based on the magnitude of the game,” continued Kelley.
As a junior, Kelley had several huge games scoring, including a 51 point explosion against Lexington Catholic. But with more help around him as a senior, his scoring decreased a little. “We had better production around him this year, versus his junior year. But in the regional and state tournament, he turned it up to another level,” said Kelley. “As good as he was at the state tournament, it was nothing compared to his performance in the regional tournament.”
Polson’s showing as a senior has earned him offers from Georgetown College, several Division II and NAIA schools. But he’s also been offered a scholarship from Liberty University in Virginia, where he visited recently.
“He was at Liberty on an official visit this weekend. He’s hoping to make a decision whether to walk-on at Kentucky or play at Liberty in the next couple of days,” said Kelley.
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