Terrence Jones burst onto the college basketball scene last year with his 23.0 points per game performance in the Maui Invitational. Kentucky fans saddened by the exodus of talent from the year before were enlightened to see the likes of Jones and Brandon Knight exceed expectations.
This year, Jones is an AP Preseason All-American, and is looking to build on his impressive rookie campaign where he averaged 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
In the 2011-2012 season, Terrence Jones will be the best player in college basketball. There were flashes of brilliance last year, where he simply took over for the Wildcats.
Take, for example, his December 8th game against then-ranked #23 Notre Dame. Jones scored 27 points, shot an even 50% from the field, and nabbed 17 boards. Add the fact that he turned the ball over once and did not commit a single foul, and it was probably his most complete performance to date.
Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes, and maybe even teammate Anthony Davis will give Terrence Jones a run for his money as best player in the nation. Here is why I think it will be Jones:
Note: There are multitude of 'should' in this article. There is a possibility that, unfortunately, I am wrong in my assessment and Terrence Jones regresses into the player he was last year.