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Heralded recruit Terrence Jones to take visit to KU on Sunday

Kansas recruit Terrence Jones waits to check into the game during the first half of the Jordan Brand Classic, Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Madison Square Garden.

Kansas recruit Terrence Jones waits to check into the game during the first half of the Jordan Brand Classic, Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Madison Square Garden.

April 23, 2010, 1:18 p.m. Updated April 24, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

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One of the most accomplished high school basketball players in Oregon history will be making an official recruiting visit to Kansas University on Sunday.

He’s McDonald’s All-American Terrence Jones, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior forward who recently led Portland’s Jefferson High to a third consecutive state title.

Kansas recruit Terrence Jones lays in a bucket on a breakaway during the second half of the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jones will take a recruiting visit to KU on Sunday.

Kansas recruit Terrence Jones lays in a bucket on a breakaway during the second half of the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jones will take a recruiting visit to KU on Sunday.

Basketball recruit to visit KU

Terrence Jones will make his final college visit a trip to KU. He is expected to announce what school he'll play basketball at on April 30. Enlarge video

Jones — he will announce for either KU, Washington, Oregon, UCLA, Oklahoma or Kentucky next Friday in a ceremony at his high school — recently was named the Oregonian newspaper’s Class 5A player of the year for the second straight season. He joined Kevin Love and Fred Jones as the only two-time winners of that award. Love won it three times, Jones twice.

“This is obviously a huge development for coach (Bill) Self, coach (Kurtis) Townsend and Kansas,” said recruiting analyst Shay Wildeboor of Rivals.com. “They conducted an in-home visit in September. From that point on, Terrence visited several other schools, but hadn’t made it to Kansas.

“He is coming in Sunday through Tuesday and is an absolute difference-maker. He’s an inside/outside guy who could step in right away and immediately impact the rotation.”

Jones, who is ranked No. 13 nationally by Rivals.com, averaged 32 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and three steals for Jefferson (26-3) last season.

Following Saturday’s Jordan Brand Classic game in New York, Jones told the Journal-World that he wanted to visit Lawrence before deciding on a college. He has visited Oklahoma (Oct. 10, 2009), Washington (Oct. 17), Kentucky (Oct. 28) and UCLA (Nov. 6).

“Hopefully, I will get that done,” Jones said Saturday. “I have one official visit left. I want to use it.”

Jones and recent KU signee Josh Selby have been friends since meeting at the Nike Hoops Jamboree a few years back.

“He’s anxious for me to join him,” Jones told the J-W. “He feels it would be best for both of us. Possibly, we could do great things there.”

Selby isn’t Jones’ only buddy who is a major-college recruit. Jefferson High senior Terrence Ross, a 6-5 guard, will visit Washington on Monday, according to Oregonlive.com. Ross is the country’s No. 30-rated recruit.

Wichita prep Ellis named top soph

Perry Ellis, a 6-8 sophomore from Wichita Heights High School, on Friday was named ESPN RISE’s national sophomore of the year.

The two-time all-state pick and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year averaged 22.2 points and 10.4 rebounds in leading the Falcons (23-2) to their second straight state title.

Ellis, who has Kansas University on his list of prospective colleges, will play for the Pray and Play Players in the 2010 Jayhawk Invitational, next Friday through Sunday.

The invitational will be held at Haskell, Lawrence High, Free State High, South, Central, West and Southwest Junior Highs, Seabury Academy, as well as Eudora High, Baker University and Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee. More information will be available in days leading up to the event.

Austin Rivers, a 6-3 guard from Winter Park, Fla., was tapped RISE’s junior player of the year.

Jaban Parker, a 6-6 forward from Chicago Simeon High, was named freshman of the year.

Jayhawk Invite organizers said Friday that Team Texas was a recent addition to the field.

Recent KU commit Zach Peters, a 6-8 sophomore from Prestonwood Christian High in Plano, Texas, plays for Team Texas.

Comments

Danimal 4 years, 8 months ago

Possibly you could do great things together at KU, but there's only one way to find out.

PapaB 4 years, 8 months ago

Not much PT at his position at KU, with the Morris twins, Thomas Robinson and Withey. Selby will get PT early, possible one and done, while Terrence will get a few minutes. If he wants PT right away and considers himself a one-and-done, he's not coming.

Brian Conrad 4 years, 8 months ago

he would get more than a few.... did X get a few??? Will be great team, can be even better. top 15 player will see playin time. true one and done player will see lots of playin time. Rivals ranked about same as D Arthur.. think he would get some freshman minutes??? more NBA caliber guys a very good problem.

Alabamastreet 4 years, 8 months ago

Who knows what will happen, but KU is a great place to be and competition for playing time is a factor for some and not for others.

SWATS 4 years, 8 months ago

His mother said after the Jordan Game KU was not on his list. Now they are coming to KU for an official visit.

I think him and Selby might be LOVERS!!!!!

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