His best confidant, though, is his mother, Linda Mashia-Jones.
"She plays a big role in my life. She raised me, and it is who I am motivated the most by when it comes to making her proud and making sure she doesn't have to work,"?Jones said. "Just be-ing able to take care of her is a big goal I have set for myself.
"It's hard to explain what she means to me and does for me. She is out west (in Portland, Ore.) working and will stay there again this year, but she keeps close tabs on me. Don't worry about that. She knows what I?am doing." Jones anticipates doing plenty this year and making it a fun season with no worries about choosing a college or what his draft stock might be. He knows he can just play.
"I think with (freshman) Anthony (Davis) back there on defense, I just feel that it is going to lead to a lot of fast breaks. With how fast (freshman point guard) Marquis (Teague) is and how well he can dribble the ball, there is going to be a lot of fast breaks and a lot of fun times on this team this year for me and everybody," he said. "We just can't wait for the season to start. I feel every game each team comes at you, especially being a top dog like we are this year, and it is going to be really difficult every game."
But don't get him wrong. He likes being having Kentucky as the "top dog" going into the season along with North Carolina and defending champion Connecticut.
"I just like being the team that stands last and wins a title.?I just hope we are one of those again like we were last year," Jones said. "I just want to have a national championship. That is the perfect year. It still hurts that we didn't get it last year.
"I?enjoy it a lot here. The support all the fans gave me, all the friends that I have met that don't play sports, just hanging with my teammates. It has just been fun. College is fun, and especially here with all the nice people that live in the state and community. It is great and I want to win a national title for them.
"I just wish we could play today. I?am ready for basketball season right now. As long as we win, I don't care what my statistics are. I just want to win that national title."