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Stop me if you've heard this one before.
Basketball season has barely started, but Terrence Jones already looks like one of the premier players in the nation.
Okay—Kentucky fans heard the same story last season as Jones dominated the Maui Invitational early on.
Jones then struggled as the season carried on, and virtually disappeared down the home stretch of SEC play—leading fans to wonder which player would be more likely to emerge in 2011.
Well, the answer is honestly neither.
Jones is showing the same sort of dominance he displayed early on last season, but it's also clear that he's transformed into a different player.
He's bigger and stronger, but more importantly, he's a better player. He's no longer simply floating around the perimeter on offense, or throwing up ill-advised shots from beyond the arc. He still has great shooting range, but he has adopted a more attacking mindset and is getting to the rim on a more consistent basis.
On Wednesday, this aggressive nature allowed him to pile up 52 points, while hitting on 24 of 31 shots.
If Jones can maintain this aggressive mindset throughout the season, it will put a ton of pressure on opposing defenses and open up the court for some other players offensively.