Terrence Jones out of the state of Washington is, in my opinion at worst in the 5-10 range of the class of 2010.The 6’8 forward offers a versatile game, with his ability to put the ball on the floor, play multiple positions and his passing will surely be a valuable asset to any team. The lefty leaves only one concern at this point, that being his jump shot which needs work. Other than that he is as solid a prospect as you can find and today is expected to choose from Washington, Kansas and Kentucky.
How would he fit in to each program and what would the outcome be?
Washington – Perhaps the favorite as of today, could field an athletic and very competitive team next year and into the future with Jones, new signee Terrence Ross, Isaiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy. The quarter would be a formidable 1-4 and could mesh very well together. For Jones, he can look at Quincy’s Pondexter’s revival in his senior year to see what type of role he could play under Lorenzo Romar.
Kentucky- Calipari suddenly is need of front court help after having an embarrassment of riches this past year. Losing out on CJ Leslie makes Jones an even more pressing need. Without Jones, UK’s frontline is left with Enes Kanter and not a whole lot else. What Jones can bring to UK is someone to slide in next to Kanter and complement his game very well with his ability to be a face up 4. He would be much better suited in the 1 in 4 out offense than Pat Patterson was this recent season.
Kansas- Landing Jones to go along with Josh Selby would be quite a late signing coup for Bill Self. Kansas maybe the only team on this list that Jones might not start right away on, as Kansas still possesses both Morris twins and Thomas Robinson. What Jones can bring is another talented piece that Self can fit into his puzzle and put KU right back in the thick of things for next year.
Where should Jones go?
You can make a case for each school, Washington the home town selection to play with his good friend Ross, and lead a talented to UW team to Pac 10 titles.
How can you argue against anyone signing up to play wtih Calipari at this point? He just develops pros.
And Bill Self’s ability to utilize and coach up post players is almost second to none at this point. Jones would be an ideal fit for his high-low offense.
In the end, nobody can make any recommendation to Jones, they all make sense. Whatever the decision is, it will make a few dominoes fall, for the late recruiting period and on the court results next year.