Jon Hood Was a Hire Rated Recruit Than Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi vs Jon Hood. Who’s better? Obviously, this shouldn’t even be a question. Especially not while Kawhi is dropping 30 points a night in the NBA Playoffs and giving the Warriors a run for their money in the Finals. But back in 2009, the recruiting trail was on fire with names like John Wall, Derrick Favors, Demarcus Cousins and Lance Stephenson, so it’s no wonder that certain players fell through the cracks. Kawhi Leonard definitely did. In fact, he fell so far that he was ranked behind a certain Kentucky player that only BBN knows of. According to 247Sports, Jon Hood was better than Kawhi.

Here is what I think happened. Kawhi is from California which is a top recruiting state in just about every sport. He definitely got some exposure, but having absolutely no flash or emotion may have lulled some ranking “experts” over at 247Sports to sleep. Then for Jon Hood, he was from Kentucky which does not nearly have the same competition. He had every recruiter in the Commonwealth looking at him. Also the prowess of the programs recruiting them could have played a part. If John Calipari wants to give a scholarship to a kid, there’s definitely something special about him. On the other hand, being recruited by San Diego State isn’t exactly noteworthy. One spot in the rankings could have just been a matter of geography.

Other notable prospects in the 2009 class that Jon Hood was ranked higher than:
– Eric Bledsoe
– Khris Middleton
– Jack Cooley
– Marshall Henderson
– Sean Kilpatrick
– CJ McCollum
– Mike Muscala