Preseason power: Jones puts nation on notice with 52 point outburst

26 Oct

Terrence Jones took it right to Anthony Davis in the Blue-White scrimmage at Kentucky on Wednesday night. (PHOTO: Britney McIntosh)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

I really thought Terrence Jones could have been a top five pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Now I wonder if he’ll be the first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft (assuming we actually have a professional basketball league to watch in 2012).

Jones scored 52 points in an intrasquad “game”. He barely missed a shot (24 of 31 from the floor), rebounded like a pro (16 to be exact) and handed out a half dozen assists in his team’s 126-104 win over his fellow Wildcats.

What was more impressive than the points was the effort. Everyone that watched the scoring explosion raved about that aspect of the night.

But 52 points? That’s pretty dominant, no matter the stage.

Okay, okay, okay. I know it wasn’t a game that really mattered. I also realized that most of the buckets Jones scored on were on dunks and in transition. But let’s also understand something here – Jones was scoring all over Anthony Davis. You know, the kid that many believe is the best player coming into college basketball.

Jones is an easy choice for All-American. John Calipari says he’s the best player in America. He may be. That race between Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger and Jones will be one of the best storylines to watch this season.

Jones will have plenty of chances to show his national worth this season. Kentucky has a pretty aggressive schedule.

If you are picking and choosing which Kentucky games to watch, bookmark these:

Nov. 15 vs. Kansas (in New York)
Dec. 1 vs. St. John’s
Dec. 3 vs. North Carolina
Dec. 31 vs. Louisville
Feb. 7 vs. Florida
Feb. 11 at Vanderbilt
Feb. 25 vs. Vanderbil
March 4 at Florida

Calipari wasn’t surprised. He’s tried to tell anyone that’s listened that Jones is right there at the top.


“I told you that he changed his habits, he changed his body conditioning-wise, he changed his skill set, and he changed his approach toward practicing and conditioning,” Calipari said. “That’s why you see the change. It’s not like, ‘I’m going to do the same thing and I’m going to be a different player.’ You’re not. You’re going to be the same player.

“He and I just talked in my office. I said, ‘I told you when you come back that if you’re coming back, you’re going to be the best player—or top three— in the country or don’t come back.’”

Jones is back. And clearly he’s on a mission.


One Response to “Preseason power: Jones puts nation on notice with 52 point outburst”

  1. Louisville Kentucky Mortgage October 27, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    He may be player of year.
    Too early right now.

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