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Portland prep visiting KU

April 26, 2010

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McDonald’s All-American Terrence Jones, a 6-foot-8 forward from Portland, Ore., who is ranked No. 13 nationally by Rivals.com, told his 2,373 Twitter followers that he made it to Kansas safely late Sunday afternoon.

“Driving 2 Lawrence right now,’’ read the 4:40 p.m. tweet of the Jefferson High standout, who is the highest-rated unsigned player in the Class of 2010.

He’s on Kansas University’s campus until Tuesday, then will take a couple of days before signing with KU, Washington, Oregon, UCLA, Oklahoma or Kentucky on Friday at his high school.

“Add Terrence with Josh Selby (No. 4) and Royce Woolridge (117), and you’d have another top five (recruiting) class nationally,” said Shay Wildeboor of Rivals.com.

Jones — he averaged 32 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and three steals for Jefferson (26-3) last season — scored 14 points with three rebounds at the McDonald’s game; 17 points with nine boards at the Jordan Brand Classic; and 15 points with four boards and three blocks at the Nike Hoop Summit.

The 220-pounder is considered a probable one-and-done college player.

“He’s a three-time state champion and elite prospect who can play inside and out,” Wildeboor said. “He can pass, rebound, is an immediate impact player at any school in the country. He’s real quiet off the court, but on the court is agressive and tenacious.”

Strike one: KU junior center Cole Aldrich threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday’s Kansas City Royals-Minnesota Twins game at Kauffman Stadium. The Bloomington, Minn., big man wore a Royals jersey presented him by the team.

Former Kansas University big man Cole Aldrich throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday’s Royals-Twins game in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won, 4-3.

Former Kansas University big man Cole Aldrich throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday’s Royals-Twins game in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won, 4-3.

“I think that was a strike in my strike zone,” Aldrich told Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre of his high first-pitch offering.

“This was really fun,” Aldrich said. “The Royals were first-class in setting this up. They really rolled out the red carpet once we got there. I am very fortunate to be able to do all I did.”

Aldrich was a guest in the FOX Sports Midwest TV booth with Lefebvre and former Royals pitcher Paul Splittorff. He spent an inning with Royals/KU broadcaster Bob Davis on the Royals radio broadcast and spent a half inning with the Minnesota Twins radio network.

“May 14th is my last final. Then I'm heading home for maybe two days, then head out to L.A. (Los Angeles) to work out and get ready for the (NBA) draft,” Aldrich said on TV.

Creighton opening: Iowa State’s Greg McDermott has been offered a multi-year deal to replace Dana Altman at Creighton, the Omaha World-Herald reports. McDermott will make a decision on the job offer today. KU staff member Barry Hinson is also on CU’s wish list, the paper reports.

Tourney coming: The Jayhawk Invitational will be held Friday through Sunday 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 this week and at jayhawkinvitational.com.

Barnstorming: KU senior Sherron Collins competed in a Barnstrorming game in Hutchinson on Sunday. His appearance in Salina on Friday was canceled. Sacred Heart High School athletic director Eric Muninger told the Salina Journal that transportation problems forced halting of the event.

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