Terrence Jones Thursday

Terrence Jones

Wednesday started as a normal day. Out of bed around 7:30, shower, shave, then hit the road for the daily commute. No major news around the world of Kentucky Athletics, except that Terrence Jones “was definitely going to sign” but didn’t indicate which school he was choosing.

Finally, the ‘Terrence Jones Soap Opera’ was going to end, and around 10:40 p.m. eastern, end it did, right in the lap of the Big Blue Nation…

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Pat Strickland, Jones’ high school coach, told Scout.com when asked why he chose UK. “Glitz and glamour, it’s Kentucky. Kentucky the program, the history and I think how good the freshman have done this past year helped as well.” | Jerry Tipton of KentuckySports.com

OregonianLive.com with a look back on the storied high school career of Terrence Jones. Multiple story and video links along with multiple photos of the Kentucky commit.

Sparking memories of past recruiting battles like Ralph Sampson and Darius Rice, Kentucky wound up on the winning side this time as five-star Portland (Ore.) Jefferson forward Terrence Jones opted to reverse course on a previous commitment to Washington and instead sign a financial aid deal with Kentucky. | Article by Jeff Drummond of KentuckyInk.com.

Micah Pearson at Big Blue Topia echos the feelings of the Big Blue Nation when he said, “It’s a great day to be a Cat! Go celebrate! Or go to bed, either one!”

Fake_Billy_Clyde of Nation of Blue reminds us that things don’t always turn out as they appear.

BigBlueCats.com believes Calipari is better then someone who “Could sell a ketchup popsicle to an old lady in white gloves.” Well I’m thinking that Calipari is far far better than a ketchup popsicle salesman. He could sell a sour kraut covered ketchup popsicle to an anorexic old lady in white gloves who’s sick to her stomach. My apologies to anyone reading this over breakfast…

Bleacher Report.com ask the question, “Can you blame Jones for choosing UK?  I can’t.  He will play immediately, have a chance at a national championship, and will be groomed for play at the next level.  What more does a young man want?”

KentuckyBluegrassBasketball.com gives us two important things to remember | Mark your calendars for The Maui Invitational this fall; UK and UW will both be in the field | 950 KJR radio host has stated at least 10 times tonight that Washington will be a better team than Kentucky next season; let’s make a mental note of that for later use.

ESPN reminds us that Terrence Jones’ “Signing a financial aid agreement rather than a national letter of intent does not bind Jones to Kentucky, and he could still conceivably reconsider once again.”

Larry Vaught reports that Percy Allen of the Seattle Times said the 6-9 Jones did visit the Washington campus Tuesday and that he knew Washington coaches were expecting Jones to fax scholarship papers to them Wednesday.

Adam Zagoria reported that Terrence Jones completed one of the more stunning recruitments in recent memory Wednesday night when he signed with Kentucky after initially making a verbal commitment to Washington. “We chose Kentucky,” Linda Mashia-Jones, Terrence’s mother, wrote by text at 11:37 p.m.

When you think of Terrence Jones, think of a Lamar Odom-like player who is PERFECT for Calipari’s system. While I think the UK folks are excited about every player they have coming in, they coveted Jones like no other. His length, size, athleticism and ability to get to the basket are a perfect fit for the DDO. | Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports radio

Jones completed the deal and signed on the dotted line but “Jones indicated that he is “95 percent certain” he’ll stick with the Wildcats, saying coach John Calipari leaving the school is the only reason he would back out”.


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