Jones Parlays Big Season Into Spring Success

Terrence Jones parlayed a terrific junior campaign into a solid spring with I-5 Elite. He's played well, has grown nearly two inches and his college interest is picking up.

For the second year in a row Terrence Jones won a state championship at Portland (Ore.) Jefferson. But this year he did it without friend and former teammate Terrence Ross, who transferred to Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian.

"I had to take more of a leadership role and all my stats went up this year," Jones said.

Jones, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound face up power forward, certainly stepped up during his junior season. During the three-game Class 5A tournament, Jones went for 69 points, 37 rebounds, 13 assists and seven blocks.

For the season, Jones,'s 43rd ranked prospect, averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds per game.

The big high school season led to an impressive spring. Playing with I-5 Elite in Akron (Ohio) a few weekends ago, Jones displayed better ball skills, a more consistent jump shot from long-range and some high level hops.

"One of his best attributes is definitely his versatility and being able to play all positions and being able to defend all positions," Jefferson head coach Pat Strickland said. "He's very athletic and long and that's definitely a big advantage for Terrence."

Although college coaches weren't out during the April period, they clearly had eyes in attendance because Jones' recruitment has picked up.

"It's starting to get real big," the talented hybrid forward said about his recruitment. "But I'm still open and I'm not looking into it real hard until the end of the summer."

The schools involved in Jones' recruitment are Oklahoma, North Carolina, Indiana, Arizona, Florida, Washington State, Oregon State, Georgetown, Oregon, Maryland, Washington, UCLA, California and USC.

Already he's taken unofficial visits to California, Georgetown, Oregon State, North Carolina and Oregon. He also mentioned plans of visiting Maryland, Washington, UCLA and USC in the near future.

Jones' high school coach also confirmed that Jones is still open in the recruiting process.

"As far as I know as well it's definitely open and there's no clear cut favorite," Strickland said. "I know last spring when he was younger he liked Georgetown, but he's pretty much wide open and he's going to let everything run its course."

The weekend of May 23rd Jones, who is ranked No. 11 at the power forward spot in's 2010 rankings, and his I-5 Elite crew will be back in action in Atlanta for the Nike Memorial Day Classic.

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