Kentucky Basketball: Terrence Jones Will Return for Sophomore Season

Eli MargerCorrespondent IMay 7, 2011

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts after hitting a three pointer against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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One day after Kentucky teammate Brandon Knight announced his intentions to stay in the NBA draft, Wildcats forward Terrence Jones said on Saturday that he will withdraw his name from the draft and return for his sophomore year.

Jones made the announcement on his twitter (@TerrenceJones1), saying, "I've been enjoying being a college player & plan on striving to reach my goal of winning #8 here at UK. I can't leave the BBN just yet." The 6'8" forward will add to what is shaping up to be another powerhouse season in Lexington.

Last season, Jones averaged 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds, leading Kentucky to the Final Four. He was one of the top recruits in the nation last season coming out of Portland Oregon. His ability play on the perimeter and in the post will make him a prime candidate for the Naismith Award. If he enters the draft next season, he will likely be a lottery pick.

Right now, there are few teams that appear to hold a candle to Kentucky. Jones will be joined fellow sophomore Doron Lamb and by a host of blue-chip recruits including forwards Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist, and Kyle Wiltjer and guard Marquis Teague.

Already considered one of the top three or four teams in the nation, Kentucky should now solidify its place alongside North Carolina as favorites to get to the National Championship game next year.