Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  13 responses

Kentucky’s Terrence Jones Looking Special

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

It was just last week that Jared Sullinger made his case to be called the nation’s best freshman, but it didn’t take long for him to have some company. Terrence Jones, one of many talented freshmen for No. 8 Kentucky, was unstoppable in Tuesday’s 76-64 win over Oklahoma, tallying 29 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

Jones, the heavily recruited forward from Portland, has been a lot for opponents to handle so far this year. Through his first three games he is averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Coach John Calipari’s freshman class is loaded yet again. Along with Jones, Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb headline a group that almost rivals last year’s Wildcats. But while all three are talented players, it is Jones that is earning rave reviews so far.

From The Lexington Herald Leader:

“I thought Terrence Jones was the best player in the country in his class,” Jeff Capel said after Jones led Kentucky to a 76-64 victory over the Sooners on Monday. “I didn’t see anyone who could have the impact on a game like he could. He certainly did that this afternoon and I anticipate him continuing to do that.”

Jones’ 29 points equaled the second-most by a Kentucky freshman (Jamal Mashburn scored 31 against visiting Georgia in 1991) and advanced Kentucky into Tuesday’s semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

What Jones does for an encore will have an added twist of intrigue as the Wildcats will take on No. 13 Washington, the school that Jones verbally committed to three weeks before ultimately deciding on Kentucky. If Monday’s performance didn’t already confirm it, all eyes will be on Jones in this recruiting grudge match.

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  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    This is who Lance Stephenson was supposed to be.

  • Noel


  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    He doesn’t just look special. he looks like…

  • http://pointingnofingers.wordpress.com/ twinparadox

    Really looking forward to the Washington-Kentucky Game…

  • HT

    he’s not ready for the husky D

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @HT, maybe Brandon Knight ain’t but unless yall got some frontcourt guys who can guard a 6’8 250 with guard quickness, I’d say the Husky D better get ready for him

  • Tyquez

    dude play like odom but a upgrade something like josh smith but not as good.when my uconn boyz play them /kemba walker is lookin for 35 and 4s.

  • Tyquez

    kstate is going to kill them duke boyz

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Tyquez, dont quite see the comparison with either guy. He’s got the body of Josh Smith, but much more polished inside game at this stage than he had. I’d say he’s like a more athletic lefty Carmelo minus the quick pull-up

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    is it safe to say that the Pacific Northwest and the South are producing all the talent these days??

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    No it’s not, Black Rick. Cause the Chi is still doing it’s thing. And what the hell is up with Harrison Barnes? I’m dissapointed in dude’s performance.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^enigmatic.. your not the only one dissapointed with the dude hes been almost as big a letdown as chris bosh

  • badnews

    Big Ups the Northwest! keep producing talent.