On Friday, Jan. 24, the red No. 5 basketball jersey previously worn by University of Kentucky senior basketball player Jarrod Polson (West Jessamine ’10) during his time at West Jessamine High School was retired.
Polson was presented his high school jersey and a key to the City of Nicholasville. The entire UK men’s basketball team, including Coach John Calipari, showed their support by attending.
“I was pretty shocked,” Polson said before the ceremony. “That’s just something I’m proud of and my family’s proud of.”
Polson played as a West Jessmaine Colt all four years of his high school career, finishing his senior year season in the third round of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Boys Sweet Sixteen®. He still holds the KHSAA record for free throws both attempted and made. He is West’s all-time leading scorer with 1,884 points.
Jarrod Polson began his Kentucky career as a walk-on, but earned a full scholarship his freshman year, playing in 17 of 38 games. His sophomore year, the Cats won the NCAA National Championship. Since then, he has stood out in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), hailed as “player of the game,” “the MVP for Kentucky” and more.
“The reason he’s [Polson] getting his jersey retired now is because of how hard he worked, what he’s become,” Coach Calipari said to Kentucky.com just before Jan. 24 practice. “I think it’s a great thing for other players to look at him and say he wasn’t the best player in Kentucky, but he made himself into something.”