For someone who rarely gets in the game, Jarrod Polson gets plenty of attention. The Kentucky junior guard from Nicholasville has become a fan — and even more — a female fan favorite, and was even named one of the hottest guys of March Madness during UK’s run to the national title last year.
All of which just makes Polson smile and shake his head, partly in disbelief and partly in bemusement.
“I just think it’s all kind of funny,” Polson said of all the attention.
While Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist generated plenty of attention and had their fair of signs in Rupp Arena last year, several female fans had signs trying to get Polson’s attention. There were even some marriage proposals amongst the young Rupp faithful.
“It was kind of weird, it was funny. It’s just funny to me,” said Polson, who credits the attention more to him being a “hometown kid” and already known to a lot of people.
But Cosmopolitan Magazine named Polson one of 24 Hottest Guys of March Madness. In describing Polson, the magazine stated: All we think when we see Jarrod is "dimples!"
What do his parents think of all the attention?
“I’m sure they like it, they sometimes give me a hard time about it,” he said.
And no, Polson does not currently have a girlfriend, so there was no jealousy issues to deal with.
He may find all the attention weird, but Polson is pragmatic about the situation.
“I think it’s a good thing for the future,” he said, adding that all the attention may actually be good when he goes for a job and someone may remember him.
Robert Hammonds, who coach Polson at West jessamine when the Colts made their run to the 2009 state semifinals, also finds the attention Polson gets funny, and kind of ironic given the kind of person Polson has grown up to be.
“I will admit, I was a little surprised by the Cosmo article. But he truly is a super kid, very Christian, faith-based, good grades, gives back to the community and is truly a role model for all kids growing up right now,” said Hammonds, currently the coach at Letcher County Central.
Polson also gets plenty of attention through social media.
He has more than 25,000 Twitter followers on his feed, @jpolson5, and there is also a fan Twitter page dedicated to him, @JarrodPolsonFan. On Facebook, there is a page called Jarrod Polson is a Beast (http://www.facebook.com/J.rod.uk5).
Polson said he tries to stay as active as possible on social media, but has to limit himself.
“I obviously can’t respond to everyone. I have twitter and I try to respond ot some people,” he said. “There’s a few weird tweets I get every once in a while from girls, but I take it all in stride.”
While the attention may be nice at times, Polson tries focus mainly on basketball. This will be his third season at UK, and Polson said every team has had its own personality. This will be the youngest team John Calipari has put together, and Polson said so far this is a “funny” team.
“I’d say we’re the goofiest team I’ve been around so far, and I think that’s a good thing,” said Polson, who has been on the team longer than any current player except Jon Hood. “We have very few veterans now, and even the vets are kind of goofy now.
UK Preview: Jarrod Polson finds special attention 'funny'
Jarrod Polson (Clay Jackson / October 1, 2012)