Former University of Kentucky basketball guard Jarrod Polson speaks to Bedford Elementary School students Friday about the importance of studying hard and following your dreams.

Polson recalled his days as a child practicing in his driveway and hoping to one day play for his favorite team, the University of Kentucky Wildcats.

That dream came true. He played for the Wildcats from 2010-2014 and was on the 2012 national championship team and this year's runner-up squad.

He majored in finance and marketing at UK.

The encouraging talk was timely for many of the students who will take the K-PREP assessment later this spring. (Staff photos by Steve Dickerson/