With all the hype surrounding Kentucky's freshman class, Terrence Jones became an afterthought this summer.
However, it is Jones who appears to be the Wildcats' leader in 2011-12. The sophomore netted 52 points in Kentucky's Blue-White scrimmage while pouring in 22 in each of the team's exhibition games. In the exhibitions, Jones shot a ludicrous 18-of-22 from the floor.
Yes, he's caught the nation's eye in the preseason, but his gaudy numbers shouldn't come as much of a surprise. As a freshman, Jones averaged 15.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. He also topped 20 points eight times.
Kentucky is the No. 2 team in the nation, and if Jones helps the Wildcats achieve their lofty expectations, he could easily be the Naismith Player of the Year.