Life is good for Terrance Jones. The 6-foot-7 wing at Portland Jefferson already has a state title under his belt and has emerged as one of the top wing prospects on the West Coast. Still, Jones is feeling greedy this week as he and his teammates look to add a second straight state title.
"We're excited. I want to go back there and repeat," said Jones. "It's only been done twice and we're trying to be the third team to do that."
Confident and versatile, Jones knows that his Jefferson squad has a big target on their chests and he doesn't mind it.
"Everybody is out to get us now," said Jones. "We're a different team than last year so it's not going to be easy."
Growing up as a guard, Jones credits strange growing patterns for allowing him to develop into a skilled wing. He also prides himself on his basketball IQ and ability to read matchups as his biggest improvements.
"Really, just being able to score in many ways and the versatility to post up little guys or take big guys out to the perimeter is my strength," said Jones when asked where he excels. "Just having the IQ to know which one to do. I think I see the court well and having a high basketball IQ for somebody my height."
While he is versatile and has a strong frame, Jones still thinks that he could improve in several areas.
"My jump shot," said Jones. "If you're not considered a shooter you always want to work on your jumpshot. I'd also like to improve my speed, quickness, and be able to jump higher. I'll get to work on that in about a week."
On the recruiting front, things are already going quite well as he's fielded calls and attention from programs all around the country
Two weekends ago, Jones was able to take an unofficial visit to check in on what Cal and Mike Montgomery have to offer a player.
"It was a good experience because I'd never been there before," Jones told CalSportsDigest.com. "I'd never even been to that area of California before. I got to kick it with Pat Christopher and he showed me around so that was cool."
Perhaps more importantly, Jones was able to get a feel for student life outside of basketball and learn a little history.
"It's a good school besides basketball," said Jones. "I got to learn a lot of the historic stuff about them and the area."
This summer, Jones will hit the grassroots circuit with the I-5 Ballers and he's already gotten invites to the prestigious NBPA top 100 Camp along with the Vince Carter and LeBron James Skills Academies.
Jones hopes that he and Jefferson are able to take care of business this weekend and after that he'll look at his recruitment a little more closely. However, he won't rush and very well may take his time with the entire process. Like most kids, fit and coaching staff will be important and he'll be looking to a very tight circle consisting of his mother, aunt and high school coach for help with making his choice.
"My mon doesn't really know that much about the schools so I'm going to think about the late signing period," said Jones. "She's really good to go to about that kind of stuff and my aunt is real good with basketball. I'll talk to them along with Coach Strickland."