Davis says Jones out to prove critics wrong

"I think he is back. His whole mindset is just a different mindset," freshman teammate Anthony Davis said. "He is just trying to prove people wrong. People are saying a whole lot of bad things about him. He has been working hard in the gym, weight room to just get out of that slump."

He was a preseason All-American and tabbed as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, but Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones has yet to play at that lofty status this season.

He's averaging 11.3 points per game (fourth on the team) and 6.6 rebounds (third on the team). He's shooting 44.5 percent from the field and has more turnovers (25) than assists (18), blocked shots (23) or steals (15).

Jones has also missed two games because of a dislocated pinky finger on his left hand and obviously was still bothered by it Saturday when he went 1-for-9 from the field and 0-for-4 at the foul line in a two-point performance during the 69-62 win over Louisville. Since injuring his hand, Jones has missed two games and gone 5-for-19 from the field in the two games he has played.

However, he did have 11 rebounds in 30 minutes against Louisville along with three steals while making just one turnover.

"I think he is back. His whole mindset is just a different mindset," freshman teammate Anthony Davis said. "He is just trying to prove people wrong. People are saying a whole lot of bad things about him. He has been working hard in the gym, weight room to just get out of that slump."

Kentucky coach John Calipari had called on Jones to play better before he was injured, especially after he scored only four points and got just two rebounds in UK's only loss at Indiana. Since then, the coach has continued to insist Jones will get back to his star form that had him as a likely top 20 NBA draft pick last year if he had not returned to UK.

"Terrence took strides to come back. He was one-for-nine and missed seven one-foot shots. What he needed to do was try to dunk each one of those," Calipari said after Saturday's win. "And he's just not all the way back yet. Try to dunk every one of them. Why are you doing that? Just go up and dunk that. He's not there yet.

"I think within the next week and a half, he'll be fine. He went in there, got 11 rebounds. He made strides there. He battled and did what we needed him to do. He's not all the way back, but that's okay. Terrence offensively didn't play particularly well. We still won. Figure that."

Davis felt that Jones showed he could do more than score to help the Wildcats win.

"Coach told me your offensive game isn't going. Go rebound. Go play defense. That's what Terrence did today," Davis said. "He blocked shots, got rebounds, and the shots that he did get were good looks. He just missed them. He scored and he's trying to find his way back. That's what we need from him."


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