In their search for players that can help the Florida basketball program, Billy Donovan and his staff are looking anywhere they can for players. Proof of that is the Gators interest in Terrence Jones, a versatile 6-foot-8 product of Portland who is among the top prospects nationally in the class of 2010.
Already a two time state champion at Jefferson High, Jones thanks a "weird" growth spurt for giving him his size while he retained the ball handling skills he developed growing up as a point guard. After dominating local high school competition, he's been using those skills to do the same as he's traveled the country with the I-5 Ballers.
"It's a big difference for me," said Jones of playing in national tournaments. "When you're playing the wing spot and it being such a fast paced game and playing so many games, it's not easy."
He may not think it's easy, but so far he's made it look easy. Playing anywhere from point guard to power forward, the lefty has been one of the most productive players this spring. Not surprisingly, he points to his versatility when asked what makes him such a tough matchup.
"I just take what the defense gives me," said Jones. "If the guy is a little guy I'll take him to the post, if he's big I'll take him to the wing."
Wide open in the recruiting process, Jones rattles off an impressive list of college suitors.
Of the Gators, Jones says that he likes the uptempo style of play in the SEC and that coach Donovan has been working both him and his mother.
"He emails my mom a lot and calls me a lot," Jones told Fightin' Gators. "I've talked to Coach Donovan about three or four times about what I could do in his program."
In no rush to make a decision, Jones is planning to cut down his list and set up visits after the summer. However, he makes it clear that distance won't be a factor and that his mom has already been preparing for him to leave the nest for school.
"I've got family all over so distance doesn't really matter," said Jones. "My mom knew it was probably going to happen. My sister already left and she knows that I'm probably not going to stay either."