Recruiting Terrence Jones: College Hoops Last Huge Commit

Kevin BergerCorrespondent IApril 30, 2010

SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 27:  Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts as he coaches against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the east regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 27, 2010 in Syracuse, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Terrence Jones is committing today.  And I got this tidbit from ballerjunkie who’s busy running his players through 3 man weave drills...

Let me holler at you real quick with an update on Terrence Jones’ decision.

Terrence Jones, the big name remaining on the board, is expected to announce his college choice today. While this kid has kept a tight lid on his expected destination, I believe that there are three schools out of the six that stand a chance for his services. In the spirit of the Kentucky Derby, let’s break down the odds for the schools still in the running.

Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, and Washington.

Kansas: Just added to the list about two weeks ago. Why not take your last visit to Lawrence; you will never get that visit back if you don’t. They are log jammed at Jones’ position, but they have a great recruiting piece in Selby. Don’t get it wrong, Selby is the reason why Jones was on campus last week. Odds: three to one. Could be a compromise pick if Phil Knight and Joe B. Hall have a caged death match.

Kentucky: Knight-PG, Lamb-2G, Kanter-PF/C, and Poole-2G are all top 20 at their position, with the exception of Polson-PG. Well, we obviously do not see a small forward listed for the 2010 class. And in college, Kanter will be a center, not a power forward. Jones can play the Point, WG/SF, PF, and guard a center. Odds: Even money. If Cal was a lock to stay this would be Kentucky’s race to lose.

Oklahoma: Jones has expressed and shown lots of love for Oklahoma Head Coach Jeff Capel, who is perhaps the best player’s coach in the business. OU has any position available that Jones wants to play. But, because of the immaturity or dumb azz thinking of three of Capel’s top players (Warren, Gallon, Mason-Griffin), the cupboard is bare. No way that Jones can now function in this offense without talent to take pressure off a first year super star. Odds: 10 to 1. This horse has a cracked fetlock.

Oregon: Has zero committed players thus far. They do have a new Head Coach Dana Altman and assistant coach Brian Fish. They finished 7-11 in conference with only two seniors leaving. They were heavy with sophomores. What is the big factor here? Only the No. 1 shoe company in the world, which happens to reside in Oregon….Nike! Also, if a certain assistant coach is hired (not now, but after Jones’ announcement), then Oregon could very well land Jones. The King Duck is sick of losing. Odds: three to two and slight favorite to beat out UK.

UCLA: Coach B has landed Josh Smith and Tyler Lamb. They both have the potential to be impact players, but Smith is at least 50 pounds over weight. Lamb is a 6′5" shooting guard that can fill it up quickly. Jones knows both of these guys well. X-Factor is Mike Moser, also from the Northwest. Moser and Jones would be or could play the same positions. Moser could play the 2G, but that would also affect Lamb. Odds: four to one. You have to play defense at UCLA, right?

Washington: Pondexter is gone. But the Big three returns for Washington. Thomas, Overton, and Bryan-Amaning. Coach Romar has a very good staff of assistants to go along with the extended contract that he just received. Jones could be a bit worried about shot opportunities on this team. However, if Jones would be used in the same role Pondexter was, or allowed to handle the ball more, this could be a good fit. Odds: 7 seven to one. Glue factory is more likely.

It’s funny, but the Pac-10 has a great chance of edging out the Wildcats for the Elite prospect which would be ironic since this is Kentucky Derby Week.


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