LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Jon Hood was one of eight double-figures
scorers for the Gold team tonight in its 151-145 victory over the
Black in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic in front of 13,111
fans at Freedom Hall.
The 6-foot-7 Kentucky Mr. Basketball from Madisonville-North
Hopkins High School also had five rebounds and four assists. But
his biggest assist may have come off the court, for the University
Hood, who has signed with the Wildcats, put the full-court press
on Daniel Orton during the weekend festivities for the Derby
Festival game - a showcase of some of the best high school
basketball players in the country.
Orton, a 6-foot-10 center from Oklahoma City, whose commitment
to Kentucky has been somewhat in limbo since the hiring of John
Calipari as the school's new head coach, had Hood in his ear all
weekend in Louisville. The two were roommates and teammates during
a two-on-two competition.
"I've been working on him," Hood said. "I think we're good.
... I think we've got him."
Hood said he was 100 percent committed - Orton, however, wasn't
"Like I told (Hood), I'm in Kentucky right now, so I'm at
Kentucky, but I can't say for sure," Orton said. "I'm probably
going to discuss it with my family this whole week."
Orton added 12 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Gold.
His rebounding and long outlet passes helped his team outscore the
Black 44-34 in the second period to build an 11-point halftime lead
The Gold's lead reached 19 points in the third period, before
the Black fought back behind University of Louisville recruit
Rakeem Buckles. The Black trimmed the Gold's lead to one a couple
of times in the fourth quarter, but couldn't get closer.
Buckles, a 6-8 forward from Miami, scored a team-high 26 points
to lead the Black. His future teammate Peyton Siva, a 6-0 point
guard from Seattle, added 15 points and 11 assists to earn most
valuable player honors for the Black.
Stephan Van Treese, a 6-9 Louisville recruit from Indianapolis,
added 11 points and seven rebounds. Eric Bledsoe, an unsigned point
guard who is said to be considering UK, added nine points and eight
rebounds for the Black.
Florida State-bound Michael Snaer, a 6-4 guard, scored a
game-high 30 points for the Gold. A pair of Indiana University
signees, 6-8 forward Christian Watford and 6-5 guard Maurice Creek,
followed Buckles with 26 and 21 points respectively.