Terrence Jones growing up

Oh, it would be easy to suggest the game against Louisville was not one of Terrence Jones best games. A rather ordinary 12 points and eight rebounds, both under Jones' average, would indicate that, wouldn't it? It might, but you would be wrong to believe it.

Terrence Jones entered the season with high expectations, earning preseason honors from many sources. It did not take long for those expectations to be raised beyond initial thoughts, with Jones among the nation's leading players in the early season.

Entering the game against Louisville, Jones was the SEC's leading rebounder and second leading scorer. Both took a hit with the performance today, but the young freshman may have grown up more with today's game--and helped himself and his team--than with one of his robust scoring outbursts.

Knowing when to force the issue, and when not to force the issue, is a problem many freshman have, particularly when they are the "go-to" player on their team. Jones limited his field goal attempts, and had five assists today by looking for his less-herald teammate, Josh Harrellson. "Josh really played well and rebounded well," Jones said. "If teams want to keep double teaming me, that's fine. We have another big weapon to throw at them now."

Make no mistake, Jones is critically important to the success of Kentucky's team, and more often than not, the Cats will need his scoring and rebounding punch. "We need Terrence Jones to win," head coach John Calipari said. "I kept taking him out. It's more important that he knows (what to do)."

And today, the freshman may have grown up a little, and figured out just a little more exactly what coach Calipari needs from him.

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