Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 1:07 pm  |  14 responses

Terrence Jones Commits To Kentucky

Coach John Calipari continues his domination in the recruiting market.  After announcing on April 30 in a news conference that he will attend the University of Washington, Terrence Jones has had a change of heart and has decided to commit to the University of Kentucky.  The 6-9 Oregon native will join the Wildcats’ 2010 star-studded recruiting class that already features the likes of guards Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb, and highly touted center Enes Kanter. Jones, who was named Oregon’s Player of the Year and is rated among top 10 in the nation, signed financial papers instead of a letter of intent which offers him the option of backing out of the agreement without any penalties.  Calipari has already received verbal commitments from two of the top players from the class of 2011 in Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague.

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  • LA Huey

    Another reason to love Seattle-area basketball…

  • The D Train

    it’ll be hilarious if Jones backs out on UW, then Cal gets an NBA job and backs out on Jones. I’m pretty sure the UW folks are pretty pissed off right about now.

  • Frustrated206HoopFan

    Wow. Enes Kanter and Terrence Jones both had verbal commitments to UW before being snaked away to Kentucky by Coach Cal. Do most coaches give up on a recruit after he verbally commits to another school?

    Go Sonics!!! :(

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Four five-star recruits for Cal. Plus Poole. Why would he coach in the L, again?

  • Sam Guelil

    Great point Ryne! There is no better recruiter in the country than Cal. This is shaping up to be one of the best classes in the history of college basketball, and his 2011 class is already looking scary with Gilchrist and Teague. He has been known to yell at a kid or two. That doesn’t go over very well in the pros. You have to feel for UW and Coach Romar since Kanter and Jones both originally committed to the Huskies. But if Cal doesn’t win in the next 2 years, it may not be up to him if he wants to go coach in the League. Those Kentucky fans don’t mess around!

  • lupe

    UK aint winning no damn championship with Cal at the helm, he is not a championship-caliber coach. Never has been. See Rick Barnes.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    “The rich get richer, and the poor dont get a da$n thing!” New Jack City


    Coach Cal is the Nino Brown of the NCAA…Selling that stuff and the kids will always be addicted. Cal is a pop culture icon in the small community which is basketball…..The home of the BRAVE!!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    If I was a Kentucky fan, I mean a DIE-HARD Kentucky fan, not someone who just hopped on the bandwagon when Cal arrived (which, admittedly, I’m more of the latter) I’d be more than a little concerned about UK turning into “One-and-done U” with Cal at the helm. Call me crazy, but I’d rather have a bunch of recruits coming in every year that want to play for UK cause of the tradition and the chance to stick around and win a championship than a bunch of recruits that just want to play for Cal for a year and turn pro “cause look what he did for Rose, Evans and Wall and ‘em”. But that’s just me.

  • hillbilly

    -Excellent point. As a DIE-HARD UK fan, I’m very concerned about the future of our program. Calipari can go out and get any blue chipper he wants. But, if we can’t keep those guys for more than a year…so what? We just lost four of our five starters to the draft. Now, we’re back to square one. There’s no reason to believe that next year or the year after will be any different. If Cal bolts for the NBA (again), I won’t be shedding any tears.

  • kwame

    ha, wut a prick

  • sammy111

    CAL is the worst thing that has happened to our program in a long time. It is only a matter of time before we are under investigation. WHY did we hire this slimy sleazeball? His 1st year he already lead the team to the worst GPA in the SEC

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    I don’t know much about Calipari, but the perception he is casting is making him look so slimy right now. He miraculously rips five-star prospects from commitments to other top-flight schools, even really good fits like Washington, where Jones would have been a star. And honestly, would Wall, Evans, and Rose have been any different had they gone straight to the league? I can’t really give Cal credit for something he really didn’t do. Furthermore, I don’t think this has anything to do with William Wesley, contrary to public opinion. Although I disagree with some points in this piece, you all should read it: http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2010/05/terrence_jones_reversal_renews.html

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