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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Terrence Jones to announce college choice at 5:30 p.m. Friday

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Blue-chip high school basketball player Terrence Jones, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior from Jefferson High in Portland, Ore., will announce his college choice at 5:30 p.m. central time on Friday, Jones’ mother, Linda, told Rivals.com via text message this afternoon.

Jones, who is Rivals.com’s No. 13-ranked player, visited Kansas University’s campus Sunday through Tuesday. He’s also considering Washington, Kentucky, Oklahoma, UCLA and Oregon.

In a text message to the Journal-World, Linda said the announcement would be at Jefferson High.

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John Sheehan 10 years, 10 months ago

No fan base will love you for life like Jayhawk Nation...hope you come to Lawrence to get a championship Mr. Jones!

KU4LIFE24 10 years, 10 months ago

Come on Terrence, you know you want to come to the beautiful town of Lawrence!!! Best of luck making a decision!

jchawkfan 10 years, 10 months ago

Terrence, I wish you the best on what ever decision you make, I'm sure you will do whats best for you and your family. But let me suggest on Thursday night right before you fall asleep close your eyes and picture 16,000 (+) fans screaming at the top of their lungs, as you run out of the tunnel seeing that big Jayhawk at center court. Now picture the remaining seconds of the game and in the background you can hear the sound of the 16,000 (+) coming together as one for that glorious chant RRROOOOOCK CHAAAAAAAULK JAAAAAAAAY HAAAAAAAWK K U!!!!!! Thats just two small memories of the many, many you would have here at KU. Now sleep tight and make your decision on Friday.

sdoyel 10 years, 10 months ago

You want to win don't you? Then I think you know the answer!

Paul Richardson 10 years, 10 months ago

You guys need to get lives. Its great he comes but if he doesn't its not the end of the world. He wouldn't be the first blue-chipper to turn down the jayhawks or the last.

TwistedFish31 10 years, 10 months ago

You are a tool. A Jayhawk fan would't tell other Jayhawk fans to get lives because they are getting excited about a recruit making an announcement. Go back to the missery or kentucky boards troll.

Brian Conrad 10 years, 10 months ago

9111 can I p on your parade glass half empty

ldjayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Oh man, it will be 11:30 pm here in London when I get the news. I waited until 2:30 in the morning for Selby!

KUglow 10 years, 10 months ago

He's announcing at 5:30 central time? He's announcing at his high school? This must be a sign. I can't believe no one has posted an analysis and reading of the tea leaves behind this yet.

Beakem77 10 years, 10 months ago

Kansas IS Basketball. You know what to do!!

DutchMo 10 years, 10 months ago

Can't wait for this guy to get here!!

NYJHAWK 10 years, 10 months ago

Hate to say it....But hes going to Washington

duanep5ku 10 years, 10 months ago

Well if Terrence's mom did send the text to LJW about the time of her son's announcement that might mean something positive for Kansas but I think we the fans will be happy when Friday comes so we can end this one way or another.

PittsburghJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

"...Jones’ mother, Linda, told Rivals.com via text message..."

Alan Williams 10 years, 10 months ago

In a text message to the Journal-World, Linda said the announcement would be at Jefferson High.

adamjhwkfan 10 years, 10 months ago

"In a text message to the Journal-World, Linda said the announcement would be at Jefferson High."

Tony Bandle 10 years, 10 months ago

5:30 pm CST is 3;30 PCT which is when school gets out so don't read anything into that.

Texting the LJW the announcement time by Linda is a matter of courtesy so don't read anything into that

At his high school is standard so don't read anything into that.

All we can do is wait and see and hope he has an 'Arthurian Dream".tomorrow night.

Since this is Derby Weekend, if I'm betting, Kansas is the longshot!!

Kye Clark 10 years, 10 months ago

well, I'd say UW is the favorite, but really we've got to be #2 right now. Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA...those are surely the long-shots!

Eric Williams 10 years, 10 months ago

and Cory Joseph to Texas, so UK lost him as well

Kye Clark 10 years, 10 months ago

Maybe Goodman or Katz or whoever that tool was that wrote the article about KU having a recruiting power outtage could write a similar article about UK (especially should they miss out on Jones)

tstanlick1909 10 years, 10 months ago

NC ST has one of the nastiest recruiting classes right now.

Ryan Harrow and CJ Leslie

Youtube Ryan Harrow

Matt Gonzo 10 years, 10 months ago

Jones will go to Kensucky now that Leslie is a no go. C'mon Terrence, do the right thing. Go KU!

Kye Clark 10 years, 10 months ago

mgonzo182 - I don't think UK is as close as you might think. He wasn't waiting on Leslie to see what he was gonna do. He can step in and probably start at UW, Ross is going there, and it's close to home, so they've still got the edge. He could potentially start at KU, we've got Selby leading the charge for him to come to Lawrence, and he was just here so that's the last big recruiting push made for him, so we've got that going for us. All UK has is available playing time.

Sam Constance 10 years, 10 months ago

"All UK has is available playing time."


And a paycheck. I've typically taken a wait and see approach on Calipari's recruiting practices, but something about the way Marquis Teague committed to Kentucky recently after being all but locked up by Louisville really has some kind of stink to it...

I know recruiting is a volatile game, but it just seemed odd for him to do such an apparent 180 on his school choice. Especially when he is part of the 2012 class and does not have to make a final decision for quite some time.

It would stand to reason that there was some factor that caused such a switch--now it's anyone's guess as to what that factor actually was.

Matt Gonzo 10 years, 10 months ago

I hope you are right icthawkfan316. I die just a little bit everytime that slimeball Calamari gets a great recruit. He is not a great x and o coach but he sure can recruit.

Brian Conrad 10 years, 10 months ago

easy to recruit when you obviously cheat 2 shools vacted final four trips? come on no way he was not in charge and he knew.. good thing he will get caught and uk will go back to nothing

Joseph Kuebel 10 years, 10 months ago

Go back to Kentucky! Ya smuck. Self is just as saucy as that scumbag wanna be sly iti. Calipari doesn't even dress well. Get off Cal's croch please and go talk about the racial history of Adolph Rupp...

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 10 months ago

he wanted to visit...and we got him to visit. at least he was here. i think it would be awesome if committed, just for the fact that Rivals would end up being so wrong as to his final college choices.

i mean 48 hours after his interview aired from the Jordan classic, basically begging to come here, Rivals still had him listed as having no interest in KU.

i think he'd be a great player for us....a big three....and we have plenty of fours...so this would make us just that much more athletic. i can't imagine how hard we would be to score against.

C'mon Terrance! KU is calling you..........rawwwwwwwwwwk chawwwwwwwwwwk jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayhawk.....kaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy UUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! lol...

Tony Bandle 10 years, 10 months ago

Icthawfan316...playing time is the new coin of the realm, although I think he has the same opportunity at a school closer to home with a coach who is not a slime ball.

Strictly from exposure, coaching value, constant competition and intangibles, it's a no brainer that Kansas would be the best choice but UW would probably work pretty well for him.

Kye Clark 10 years, 10 months ago

well, that's why I said UW has to be the favorite, but I just think we have way more going for us than UK does at this point. Seems like I read something within the last couple of days about when Calipari was out recruiting up Jones's way he didn't make time for him? Because he was thought to be out of the racefor his services? Not entirely sure, could have been Ross I was thinking about, could have been totally inaccurate.

100 10 years, 10 months ago

Quatre raisons Monsieur Jones devrait choisir  l'Université du Kansas: 

1. Monsieur Pritchard (GM NBA des Blazers)  2. Monsieur Selby  3. Monsieur Manning (!!!!!, c'est le meilleur entraîneur de grande garde l'homme pour  lui de travailler sur fundamenals maintenant,  d'être un NBA All Star depuis de nombreuses  années!)  4. Monsieur Buford (un autre GM NBA qui  regarde religieusement Kansas, est un entraîneur  ex Jayhawk depuis de nombreuses années). 

S'il vous plaît venez Kansas, Monsieur Jones!

Matt Gonzo 10 years, 10 months ago

Yikes....we've gone french again. I was hoping a new day would bring back english :)

Kye Clark 10 years, 10 months ago

I agree. I have no idea what it's all about. I think 100 is trying to impress PVJhawk, who for all we know is a guy. Either that, or its a rampant case of off-season dementia.

Joseph Kuebel 10 years, 10 months ago

read the "YESS!" like Marv Albert after a made Knick three(homer-man did he hate the Bulls, Chicagoans needed to listen to the hometown radio to excape the wrath of this clown), or like Stiffler in Old School when Will Ferrell shoots a dart in his neck.

John Randall 10 years, 10 months ago

Not real bad French, either -- bad, but not real bad.

RckChalkJeff 10 years, 10 months ago

100 has never had a "good post". Hey Le Douche Bag 100....keep posting in foreign languages...saves us all from your moronic thoughts.

NYJHAWK 10 years, 10 months ago

The fact that Selby has been silent the last few days makes me wonder if TJ is definately going somewhere else. Think we all learned so far Selby doesnt hold back. He says whatever he thinks...or..knows

Alan Williams 10 years, 10 months ago

pretty sure it was Lamb that didn't hold back...I don't recall Selby ever leaking anything he knew regarding recruiting

Brian Conrad 10 years, 10 months ago

exactly... Selby to high class to steal others light

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 10 months ago

100 -

You do know that this "inginue" that you've been "frenching" is probably only Jaybate don't you? Many signs point to the probability that this is one of his games and people like you are feeding the frenzy.

But, if you insist on courting, be careful where you go with it. Le egg on le face could result!

Joseph Kuebel 10 years, 10 months ago

If by egg you mean eggs sac. as in huevos on face.

Darsves 10 years, 10 months ago

For those not sure of 100's post, it goes something similar to this:


"The four reasons why Mr. Jones should choose KU:

  1. Mr. Pritchard (GM Blazers NBA)

  2. Mr Selby

  3. Mr. Manning is the best!!!!! (Coach keeps the big men working on their fundamentals that will make them an NBA All-Star for many years!)

  4. Mr. Buford (another NBA GM, watches Kansas religiously, and is a former Jayhawk coach for many years).

Please come to Kansas Mr. Jones!"


Hopefully Jones will think all that through. KU definitely is the best school out of the bunch, but sometimes the best school isn't always the best choice for the player. Washington is definitely much closer to home, but it definitely won't compare to KU in atmosphere. Our fans, history, and classic venue are what make Lawrence a special, one-of-a-kind place that you won't find anywhere else. Let's hope after he thinks it all through and is ready to make the decision, that we hear the words "Kansas University" roll of his tongue. RCJHKU

JayhawkRock 10 years, 10 months ago

I dont think we are going to get him...Nothing I have heard sounds good...

JayhawkRock 10 years, 10 months ago

I believe Bill is referring to the Jayhawk Invitational but that is an interesting video...

KANSTUCKY 10 years, 10 months ago

Looks like a pretty confident Bill Self. RCJH.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 10 months ago

JAYHAWK_JIM---- Self looks pretty confident. What's up with the announcement, though? Interesting.

If we could land Jones. . . . . OMG, that would be awesome!

JayhawkRock 10 years, 10 months ago

The announcement has nothing to do with Jones and has everything to do with the Jayhawk Invitational.

Kye Clark 10 years, 10 months ago

Yes you're probably right. Regardless, the announcement is a little puzzling. There's got to be something else (not saying related to Jones) at play. I mean, why is he so cryptic? It's not like the Jayhawk Invitational is a secret.

JayhawkRock 10 years, 10 months ago

Did hear theres a possibility of Ben McLemore committing this weekend...

Kye Clark 10 years, 10 months ago

I didn't hear that, but that'd be cool (if it was with us)

Andrew Moore 10 years, 10 months ago

That could be Terrence Jones, but I'm gonna let the skeptic inside me say that we have another young gun from the Jayhawk Invitational in the pipeline. Two of the top prospects in town that I'm excited about are Perry Ellis and Shabazz Muhammad. Bill Self sure seems excited to me! And that makes me excited!

kcmostwanted 10 years, 10 months ago

If Jones picks UK...I can hear Kentucky Fans already.... "Coach Cal told CJ Leslie that Jones was committing so NC state got our left overs"....LMAO!!!

Andrew Moore 10 years, 10 months ago

If McLemore commits over the weekend, it would only be a verbal because he's so young.
I don't think that announcement could be about Ben because Self wouldn't be able to comment on an underclassman until he has signed on the dotted line officially. (Correct me if I'm wrong). That video message really makes me wonder... watch it turn out to be a sweepstakes or something!

JayhawkRock 10 years, 10 months ago

Youre right it would be a verbal until November when he can sign an LOI.

Joe Baker 10 years, 10 months ago

This vid of Self speaks volumes.

I'm going way out on a limb and saying after hearing all the hard facts, TJones is a Jayhawk and he's KU bound!!

Welcome Mr Jones to Jayhawk Nation. If not, oh well, it wouldn't be anymore disappointing than Barnes' decision. But I don't think we'll be disappointed as Jayhawks on this decision!

jchawkfan 10 years, 10 months ago

My computer will not play the video. Can someone give me a cliff note version of what was said? Does he just say he has something exciting that he will reveal on Friday?

Joe Baker 10 years, 10 months ago

Not sure exactly what he's referring to...but under the circumstances, there's not much that is new apart from TJones or maybe an early signing of Ellis!

I don't think he'd be referring to the obvious schedule of events. The Jayhawk Inv and TJones is basically the two things in waiting this Friday. We all know the Invitational was scheduled or maybe he was referring to the talent level being showcased. I'm sticking with TJones signing!!

Joel Hood 10 years, 10 months ago

jc - the video was posted yesterday - it lasts about 51 seconds. Bill is speaking about - - how well the spring is going - the hawks are competing well in the classroom - we are excited about recruiting, especially the recent signee (Selby) - check in to BillSelf.com on Friday for another exciting announcement (vague)

I know some prior posters believe this has nothing to do TJ, but the timing of the video was very close to the notice that TJ would announce on Friday too. It would be out of character for Bill Self to knowingly get his fan base geeked up and then disappoint them with something else. He went directly from the Selby reference to telling everyone to checkout his website for another exciting announcement. I'm hopeful, but who knows...

jchawkfan 10 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the info. I sure hope its to confirm T. Jones is to be a Jayhawk. I guess we wait and see.

jchief40 10 years, 10 months ago

What?? He says in the video "its a unique opportunity for one 2 or maybe 3 of you so check it out on Friday.." so what in the sam hell makes you think its a recruiting announcement? Wishful thinking is one thing but construing that to an announcement for Jones to KU is insane.

Chicago_JHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

I got the impression there is going to be some sort of contest announced on the site, with some sort of prize. Why would he ask people to go to billself.com for a recruiting announcement? Pretty sure I can get that news without going to his personal site.

Joe Baker 10 years, 10 months ago

Either way Chicago-JHawk, it will be great!

It's fun to be a Jayhawk!

Steven Mathew 10 years, 10 months ago

Did anyone else notice the new #1 rankings on Rivals. It was updated on April 6th, and it says the new #1 player in the class of 2010 is..................Josh Selby.

Aligned 10 years, 10 months ago

I saw it too: "Selby takes No. 1 spot in final Rivals 150". Impressive!

SoCalAlum 10 years, 10 months ago

Just speculating of course, but...on the assumption that Terrence Ross will commit to UW and in consideration of him being a draw for Terrence Jones - maybe not as much as we're led to believe. Recall that they haven't played HS ball together since their sophomore year (after that, T Ross left for Maryland...eventually came back to Portland, but was found to be ineligible to play HS ball...meaning T Ross has always done what was best for T Ross). Terrence Jones won a state championship with him in the sophomore year, and then two championships without him. At the Friday presser, two of Terrence Jones' other teammates are also announcing their college plans.

As if all of the advantages that KU has to offer weren't enough, here's hoping that Josh Selby is also playing his role as recruiter.

Dean Huggins 10 years, 10 months ago

SoCal, you are on it. After the Jordan Brand game Selby was quoted as saying that if TJ made a visit to Kansas, he would become a Jayhawk. We are all aware that he ventured to Lawrence earlier this week, and now...drum roll please

Sam Constance 10 years, 10 months ago

THANK YOU. I didn't watch the video at first, but then as I read on down through the comments, I started getting curious.

Those of you who are reading anything about Jones' announcement need to stop, take a step back, and maybe take a hiatus from recruiting talk for awhile.

Sam Constance 10 years, 10 months ago

This was supposed to be a reply to jchief40's comment. Could also apply to Chicago_JHawk's post as well.

Andrew Moore 10 years, 10 months ago

How about that, Selby the new rivals #1... amazing work Josh!

I would hope T. Jones picks KU, if he does then we are all of a sudden preseason top 5 again. If not, we'll be pretty damn good anyway with Selby, Tyshawn, Little, the twins, etc...

I think the bill self video is a contest or something and not related to recruiting.

We'll see though

MDHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

I'd love to have him, but we'll be good either way.

Just once, I would love to be in these recruits' shoes just to see the spiel Coach Self and Co. puts on for these guys. I can barely keep from having a heart attack every time they play the pre-game video, from sheer excitement...

Come on over, Terrence...you'll love it here in Lawrence!

lee3022 10 years, 10 months ago

Since many of the comments here are directed to Mr. Terrance Jones, I will simply opine that KU fans and team are honored that you chose in this last week to visit here. The pressures on you in deciding your college future must be enormous but it is clear that you are a thorough fact-gatherer and a level headed man who will no doubt arrive at the best decision for yourself and your family. I am pretty sure that Coach Self and Coach Townsend would want and respect that as well.

In any case best success in your college career. Brandon Roy has a big sign over his locker for the Portland Trail Blazers that reads "Be Humble". It is the single biggest pitfall of athletes today. You seem to be already well grounded yourself. Thanks for considering Kansas University.

100 10 years, 10 months ago

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KUTPO 10 years, 10 months ago

100 - Here's a cryptic message: 00I00
Read between the lines :)

Ryan Mullen 10 years, 10 months ago

I am hearing rumblings that T Jones is going to announce for Kentucky.

Andrew Moore 10 years, 10 months ago

Rumors for kentucky? I heard that from kentucky fans but nobody else... I sure hope not! I'd rather see the guy in Oklahoma than UK. I'll be very disappointed if he does choose kentucky.

Just makes me wonder how much Cal (or more precisely WWW) is paying these kids!

rcjh22 10 years, 10 months ago

So.... Where does the J-W Staff think TJ is going?

jjhawk08 10 years, 10 months ago

This may or may not be a weird way to look at it. But the KY hat looks pretty planned out (stylish and flat-billed). I have no idea where he is going to go. But Rock Chalk.

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