So, Terrence Jones…and what it means…

Terrence Jones changed his mind (which he has every right to do so) and now will attend Kentucky.

Jones has faced criticism for this and I only take issue with having a press conference to announce originally. If he truly was unsure, why rush it? (which he said he didn’t do, but well, he changed his mind, so I’m assuming he did rush). In the end, he’s a kid that had a very important decision to make. He changed his mind. It happens.

Now as far as on the court, it drastically changes the fortunes of Kentucky and Washington and maybe the Pac 10 and SEC titles next season.

For Kentucky:

It gives Calipari another star studded class and could likely start four freshmen this coming year. It also gives UK another much needed forward, even though Jones may be a hybrid four, he is 6’8 and can help out on the glass and with interior defense and rebounding. UK will be able to rotate a trio of; Jones, Kanter and Vargas, which is a much better scenario then they were faced with two days ago.

It likely makes UK the odds on favorite now ahead of Florida to win the SEC. However, this class is not last years class, at least in terms of star power. Could anyone envision Knight and Kanter going in the Top 5 next season? Possibly, but it’s doubtful. And I don’t expect Doron Lamb to be a first round talent as Bledsoe was or for Stacey Poole to go from the bench to the lottery as Daniel Orton might. It might be a better class down the road as I would bet 2 out of the 4 stay for more than one season.

For Washington:

It’s a killer. It has to be incredibly tough for Lorenzo Romar to invest so much time in a recruit, have him commit and then change his mind in the 11th hour. The Huskies now become rather thin up front and will have to rely heavily on their group of guards (Gaddy, Thomas, Ross and Overton). It also creates a gaping void that Pondexter left behind at the 4 spot. It may knock UW down into the 20-25 range, if not out of the Top 25 altogether.


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