Where does Jones fit best?
Terrence Jones (Portland, Ore./Jefferson) has been keeping his recruitment close to the vest. It's believed that his five likely finalists include Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and Washington. Here is a look at what all three have to offer the skilled wing.
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 230 | ESPNU 100: 13 | SF rank: 3
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 230 | ESPNU 100: 13 | SF rank: 3
|Under the guidance of John Calipari, the Wildcats play a frenetic, open-court style at both ends of the floor to overwhelm their opponents. In the half-court set they are more than willing to get everyone involved, utilizing their dribble-drive offense and spacing.||With the graduation of Patrick Patterson and the likelihood of DeMarcus Cousins heading to the NBA draft, the Wildcats will need immediate help in the frontcourt. Jones has the potential to swing between the 4 and the 3 at the next level. He thrives playing in the open court due to his skill set and has the potential to be a force on the block.||There is no question that Calipari has an excellent history of collecting top-notch talent. Both at Memphis (Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans) and now Kentucky (John Wall and Cousins), Calipari has shown he can lure the best -- and that scenario will continue as he commands one of the most prestigious programs in all of college basketball.||Kentucky is miles away from Oregon. However, Kentucky has a tremendous amount of tradition and is one of the most prestigious programs in the country. In addition, Jones knows that Calipari isn't afraid to give major minutes to his newcomers. As long as Calipari keeps feeding the NBA with difference-makers, the Wildcats will be a major player in recruiting.|
|Oklahoma plays an aggressive style at both ends of the floor. Coach Jeff Capel has definitely been influenced by his tenure as a player at Duke. The Sooners push the ball in transition. If the fast break isn't there, they'll evolve into their motion offense.||With all probability that Willie Warren and possibly Keith "Tiny" Gallon will be heading to the NBA, Capel will need an impact player to carry the offensive load. Jones can play the 3 and the 4 due to his strong frame. He has point-forward skills that will allow him to impact the game both in transition and the half court.||Oklahoma isn't known for producing NBA-caliber players at a consistent rate, but with the development of Blake Griffin, who was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers this past June, there is tangible evidence that Capel will focus his schemes on getting the most out of his best player.||Of course, distance is not on the Sooners' side. Still, with the possibility of early playing time and a bevy of touches on the offensive end, the situation looks bright for Jones. In recent years, prospects from Oregon have had no trouble leaving the state for greener pastures as in the recent cases of Kevin Love (UCLA), Kyle Singler (Duke) and Brad Tinsley (Vanderbilt).|
|At this stage of the college season, Ernie Kent's tenure as Oregon's coach is tenuous, which makes this difficult to project. Currently, the Ducks run a guard-driven, frenetic offense. Regardless of what happens with Kent, Jones has the talent and versatility in his game to play in any kind of system.||The Ducks have a couple of rugged interior players in Jeremy Jacob and Michael Dunigan, but neither possesses Jones' versatility. Jones can flourish in the open court and either finish in transition or lead the break and deliver an assist. He has the physique to pound the boards and convert with consistency in the paint.||Oregon has been a guard-dominated program for quite some time as witnessed by the success of Luke Ridnour and Aaron Brooks in the NBA. In addition, blue-collar special Malik Hairston is currently playing with the San Antonio Spurs. Jones has the potential to be a lottery pick some day.||As they say in real estate, the most important factor is location, location and location. The Ducks certainly have that going in their favor. Add to the fact the new state-of-the-art facility that is expected to be unveiled during the 2010-11 season -- what better way to begin the next generation of Oregon Ducks basketball than to add the state's golden boy in Jones.|
|Even with their current struggles, the Bruins' culture of blue-collar basketball still exists. The Bruins, under the guidance of Ben Howland, emphasize tough man-to-man defense as well as an efficient offensive scheme driven by excellent point guard play.||UCLA has a couple of young 4 men -- Brendan Lane and Mike Moser. However, neither of those two prospects bring skills like Jones' to the table. Like up-and-coming freshman Tyler Honeycutt, Jones has a lot of versatility to his and is one of the best passing bigs in the country. His combination of power and finesse could add another dimension to the UCLA's offense.||Howland gets criticized for not allowing his young guns -- Jrue Holiday comes immediately to mind -- to let loose. Still, his track record for producing quality NBA players cannot be questioned. The Bruins have been known recently for producing guards like Russell Westbrook and Darren Collison. However, Kevin Love and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute display Howland's versatility in developing players.||Jones has kept things close to the vest in terms of his recruiting. He liked his UCLA visit and the Bruins have a lot to sell in terms of their tradition and recent success. However, Howland is known for bringing his players along slowly to teach them the nuances of the game, and Jones may be leaning toward the shortest time frame to get to the NBA.|
|Few programs get up and down the court quicker than Lorenzo Romar's Huskies. Their relentless pace and defensive pressure forces turnovers and leads to transition baskets. In addition, much of UW's offense is predicated on its guards and their ability to create offense.||With Quincy Pondexter exhausting his eligibility, the competition will be wide open. Jones has that type of game that no other player on the roster can match. With Jones' ability to put the ball on the floor and either get to the rim or locate an open teammate, his combo-forward skills should flourish in Romar's system.||During Romar's tenure, UW has put a few players, such as Spencer Hawes and Brandon Roy, in the NBA. Romar's system is guard-driven, but that hasn't stopped his most recent bigs (Hawes and Jon Brockman) from garnering interest and succeeding at the next level.||Location is most definitely on Washington's side; Seattle is relatively close to Portland. In addition, Romar is one of basketball's top recruiters and mentors in the college ranks. Most prospects appear to be drawn to playing for a coach who exemplifies those types of qualities.|
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