Kansas, Jones Strike Up Conversation

It's been a monster summer for Portland's Terrence Jones. After winning his second straight state title at Jefferson High, the 6-foot-8 forward is fielding interest from power programs across the country including Kansas.

If there's one thing that you need to have straight about Terrence Jones, it's that he likes to win. Already a two time state champion at Portland, Ore. Powerhouse Jefferson High, the 6-foot-8 junior is getting a little annoyed with the way things are going on the spring circuit.

It's not that he or his team the I-5 Ballers have been playing poorly, it's just that they've yet to win a major championship (quarterfinals at King James Shootout, semis at Nike Memorial Day Classic) and it's starting to bug him.

"I think that as a team we've been doing alright," said Jones. "Me personally, I'm doing ok too. I'm just getting a little tired of us coming up a little short when we come to the last days for these wins at tournaments."

What isn't frustrating, is Jones game. With plenty of size to play in the post where he excels as an offensive rebounder. The long lefty is also a talented ball handler and perimeter player who is equally comfortable playing inside and out. For that, he thanks nature.

"My growth spurt was really weird," explained Jones. "I usually was playing point guard as a kid and then I grew too much. It was a blessing though, I'm like 6-foot-8 now."

Not surprisingly, the offers from college coaches have come in for Jones who listed Maryland, Florida, Indiana, Oklahoma, Georgetown, Arizona, Washington, Texas, Washington State, and California among the many schools that have offered. In addition, he's been hearing more from North Carolina.

Even more recently, Jones got what he considered a bit of a surprise phone call.

"Bill Self called me when I was in the airport one day," Jones told Phog.Net. "It was a real shock and I was real honored to get the call from him."

While the Jayhawks had recruited him some during his sophomore and junior seasons, Self wanted Jones to know that Kansas will be watching more closely during the summer.

"We talked for about 15 minutes about various things," said Jones of his conversation with Self. "We talked about this spring, how I felt playing without Terrence Ross this year. He's just a real cool dude. He said that they want to recruit me more and that they are going to watch me this summer."

Jones would like to cut down his list and set up visits, but it's not likely to happen until the end of the summer. It's one that will keep him busy as he makes stops at the NBPA Camp, Vince Carter Skills Academy and the LeBron James Skills Academy along with more stops with the I-5 Ballers.

When he does make a decision, a staff's proven ability to develop incoming talent is going to play a key role.

"I'm looking to see if I fit the system and if I like the coaching staff," said Jones. "Do they get guys to the NBA? Do they get you better? The experience of the coaching staff, all of that plays in."


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