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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 at 3:43 pm  |  14 responses

Terrence Jones Jordan Brand Classic Diary

Day 1: The unsigned Oregon prep star gets acclimated to NYC.

While he spends the week in New York City preparing for the Jordan Brand Classic, Terrence Jones shares his experience with SLAMonline! Check daily to read up on his preparation leading to Saturday’s game. For more on the game, including buying tickets, visit the game’s official website, www.JordanBrandClassic.com.

As told to Sean Brown  Photo by Leah Nash

What’s up, SLAM?

My Thursday started off pretty early, we had a history lesson on the Jordan Brand Classic and some of the players that have been apart of it. This Classic has a history of so many great players in it, I’m excited to be in that class of guys now.tjonesdiary1

I haven’t gotten to see much of New York City but I like it. This is my second time here, the first time was for the Elite 24 game. I’m anxious to play in Madison Square Garden on Saturday. There’s no place like that, I know the energy is going get us all going early.

This afternoon was our first practice and it went really well. We had some tough drills and coach pushed us, I think our West team will be prepared on Saturday because of it. A lot of us have played together so much in other tournaments we know each other’s games and it makes good team chemistry. I have some close friends on this team too like Tobias Harris.

You don’t go into a game nervous when you’ve played together and know the guys.

I was able to get my shot going today too when we got up and down with the guys in some drills. It felt good to start practice and run.

I’m still undecided on a college and I’m still just weighing my options. The location doesn’t really matter I’m just looking for the best situation for me to come into. We have the SLAM dinner later today and then we’re going bowling so that should be fun. After that I’m just going try to rest up for another good practice tomorrow and some events we have going. Hopefully I get to see some more of the city.

Tomorrow is the day before the game so it might be even busier. I’ll have a lot to talk about I’m sure. I’ll check back with you guys!

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    “I sure hope Terrence Jones doesn’t sign with John Calipari and the University of Kentucky.”
    And now I will wait.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I respect Ryan’s efforts to draw comments. More seriously, big thanks to Terrence, Sean and our man Kevin Foley for making this happen. Enjoy the big apple, Terrence.

  • http://twitter.com/quanhorns tiquan

    Texas, Terrence, Texas…………..

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    I’m just saying, Ben, don’t you think Oregon, Washington, UCLA or Oklahoma would be a better fit for Terrence Jones of Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon? I know John Calipari and the University of Kentucky Wildcats are in the mix, too, but I don’t think Terrence should go to Kentucky.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    I mean, you know what they say about Kentucky fans…

  • CFoss

    Let’s go Jones! Go ahead and let those people out there in NY what Portland basketball is about. It’s time to put the town on. Good luck to you and Pat in the game bro

  • Monstarzz

    He follows Jeff Capel on Twitter, if that means anything.

  • Largo

    Come to UMD, Go TERPS!

  • James Kim

    He also if FB friends with 7 players on UW…I saying it right now. TJ will end up at Udub.

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  • Mary Westerfield

    Terrence we want you at Kentucky! We are the BIGBLUENATION who will get you ready for the NBA! Your’e a great BB player! Where ever you go…Best Wishes….MVP_LOVE

  • UK Alumnus

    Yeah we want you and need you in Kentucky! Once there, you will feel the love we have for our team. You will be cheered by 24,000 people every game and by half the crowds for away games. You will be part of a great history and will help make an even better future! You are our missing link. We really appreciate your consideration of our school, and hopefully your school. Hopefully you will feel that the best for you waits for you at UK.

  • TheRealist

    No doubt Kentucky will give you your 5 minutes of fame but at the end of the day the fans will treat you like just another one and done. I’m guessing this time next year they’ll be clamoring for you to leave so they have room to sign (fill in the blank) 5 star recruit. That’s not loving you, that’s using you.

  • Big Blue Fan

    I have been a big blue fan my whole life no matter where I have lived whether it be Kentucky,Florida,Colorado,Oklahoma,Illinois, or New York one thing that I can say about the Big Blue Nation is we are always behind our players even after they leave us and head to the NBA or any other line of work they go into.I think we proved that this past yr with the record breaking number of fans at Rupp for the pre game espn day.I guarantee you choose Kentucky and you will see what it is like to be truly loved for what you can do on and off the court

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