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Oregon prep standout Terrence Jones picks Washington

Kansas recruit Terrence Jones dishes a pass during the second half of the Jordan Brand Classic, Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Madison Square Garden.

Kansas recruit Terrence Jones dishes a pass during the second half of the Jordan Brand Classic, Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Madison Square Garden.

April 30, 2010, 5:58 p.m. Updated May 1, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

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Terrence Jones, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior forward from Jefferson High in Portland, Ore., announced plans to play basketball at the University of Washington on Friday in a ceremony at his high school.

KU recruit chooses Washington

Terrence Jones chose to play basketball at Washington University today. Enlarge video

Jones, who is ranked No. 13 nationally by Rivals.com, chose the Huskies over Kansas University, Kentucky, Oklahoma, UCLA and Oregon. His mom, Linda, told the Seattle Times that Kentucky was the runner-up choice.

“I wanted to be close to home,” said Jones, who averaged 32 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and three steals for Jefferson (26-3) last season.

“Like I’ve been saying since eighth grade, I wanted to play with Terrence Ross (Jefferson teammate who also chose Washington Friday). And coach (Lorenzo) Romar is like a father figure to me.”

The Seattle Times indicated Jones did not sign a letter of intent and that the player spoke to Kentucky coach John Calipari 15 minutes after the news conference.

Jones insisted he didn’t know which school he would select until he grabbed a Washington hat off a table in front of him at the news conference in his high school gym. He reached for the KU hat before shifting and picking up the UW hat instead.

Jones, who is a good buddy of recent KU signee Josh Selby, visited KU's campus Sunday through Tuesday. He also visited Oklahoma (Oct. 10, 2009), Washington (Oct. 17), Kentucky (Oct. 28) and UCLA (Nov. 6).

“Coach (BIll) Self is a great coach and Kansas a wonderful program,” Jones said. “Coach Self has developed players ever since he’s been there.”

Comments

Steve Jacob 4 years, 7 months ago

Never question a kid wanting to stay near home.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 7 months ago

KU should begin the year 12 deep in terms of players likely to compete for major minutes in the rotation.

Starters-- Morris twins, Little, Taylor and Selby.

First guards off bench-- Reid, Morningstar

First big off the bench-- Robinson

After that, In no particular order, Withey, Johnson, Releford and Henry.

newmedia 4 years, 7 months ago

He obviously will never get the national exposure he would have gotten at Kansas. But, if he wants to stay closer to home that is his decision to make provided he actually follow through.

serpico71 4 years, 7 months ago

You have to think emotions got the best of him and he went with his heart instead of his head. Unfortunately, prime time basketball is a business decision, and his pro stock would have risen at KU or UK for certain

Robert Holmes 4 years, 7 months ago

Never count out UK as Calipari has a proven track record of lying to recruits to get them to come to Lexington. He'll eventually have UK in trouble just like he did at Umass and Memphis then bolt to the NBA to avoid further sanctions. He just wants an NCAA title before he goes back anyway.

Just remember it was near the end of this season when he publicly said John Wall was considering staying at Kent. because he liked him (Calipari) so much. Cal then backed off that statement in a hurry when challenged on it. It was all a ploy. It won't be too many years before KU has more wins the UK because they'll vacate wins from 2009-2010 or 2010-2011. Calipari is in the job for himself, not for the kids and not for the university but Kentucky is the only one to blame. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

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