Terrence Jones Signs With Kentucky, Backtracks on Washington
Jones had verbally committed to Washington about three weeks ago, but Calipari was hot on the trail of the 6-foot-9 power forward and refused to relent.
It paid off.
Jones finally spurned Lorenzo Romar's Huskies late Wednesday evening when he decided to sign a financial aid agreement with UK. Note: since Jones didn't sign a letter of intent, he can still back out of the agreement and sign elsewhere. There's no word on why he chose this route, but it's possible he's leaving himself an out should Calipari accept a job with an NBA team -- as has been rumored in recent weeks.
Jones joins Brandon Knight, Enes Kanter, Doron Lamb, Stacey Poole and Eloy Vargas (JuCo transfer) in what is an absolutely stellar recruiting class for Calipari at UK ... again. Last season, the Wildcats were ranked toward the top of the polls all season and earned a No. 1 seed, only to turn around and see five guys leave school early for the NBA Draft. No matter; Calipari simply restocked the cupboard, with Jones being his final piece.
Coincidentally, Kanter also originally planned on attending Washington before Calipari swooped in and wooed him to UK.
Jones is a top-15 recruit according to most outlets that rank high school players and is ranked as high as sixth overall. He was named Oregon high school player of the year each of the past two seasons. He averaged 32 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three blocks as a senior while leading Jefferson High School to a third straight state championship last season.