COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- At Kentucky's Rupp Arena, one of the Mecca's of college hoops, Aggie senior Jarod Jahns played a career-high 30 minutes and scored two points. Compared to the 40 put up by his teammate Elston Turner, Jahns stats don't really stand out -- until you consider he's a walk-on.
Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy said, "It's a kid that's never played before, college basketball, and he comes in and plays 30 minutes at Kentucky and chases, gets four offensive rebounds against guys that will play in the NBA."
Jahns played high school ball at Klein Collins, and thought playing at the high school level was the end of his basketball road.
"I didn't even have offers to go to college," said Jahns. "It was a dream come true. You never think when I walked on my junior year this would ever happen, but you come every day, you shoot, you do the little things and somehow it did pay off."
Jahns has played in 14 games this year and has only scored 24 points in 154 minutes, but his contribution has still been big, and unexpected, for this years Aggie basketball team.
Kennedy said, "It kind of goes pecking order. You want with your scholarship guys as long as you can and if they're not getting it done you want to give somebody a chance."
It's what Kennedy saw at practice and off the court that sold him on giving Jahns more playing time. "He was really good in practice. He's probably the main leader on our team off the court, just investing in other guys. He has a great feel and a great basketball IQ. He does the scout team and our team. I just saw he's a tough kid who loves basketball and loves to play. He's in the gym here more than anybody we have."
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