VAUGHT: 1-on-1 with Terrence Jones

Terrence Jones says playing in all-star games across the country "is a great experience" and one that gives him a preview of what his college basketball career might be like.

Terrence Jones says playing in all-star games across the country "is a great experience" and one that gives him a preview of what his college basketball career might be like.

"There are a lot of busy days because we have a lot to do, but it is a wonderful experience," said the 6-8 forward from Portland, Ore., during a break Thursday in New York during his preparations for Saturday night's Jordan Brand Classic.

Jones, who has an 84-inch wingspan, is a talented 3-point shooter and he can also take bigger defenders off the dribble. He's a tenacious rebounder also.

Kentucky, Washington and Oregon are believed to be the final three schools on his recruiting list and he'll make his choice known either April 23 or 30.

"Right now I just want to have fun with all these great players and work on my game. I am not thinking about my college choice while I am here," he said.

What about Kentucky?

"Kentucky is on my list. I talk to coach Cal a lot and have a great relationship with him. They are definitely in it," Jones said. "I like the program, the offense and pretty much everything else.

"I know they lost a lot of players, but it has to be a rebuilding year for every team because you have new players coming in. Cal is about winning. That's the main thing with him and he'll always have players to win."

He says he likes playing with talented teammates like UK commit Brandon Knight and others. "You have a great player at every position and most of these guys you'll never play with again," Jones said. "We do joke about recruiting and where we are all going to school, but it's nothing serious. Everybody is okay with anybody making their own decision."

He says playing at Madison Square Garden is a "special experience" for any player.

What about Rupp Arena? Would he like to play there?

"Kentucky fans should stay optimistic. I'll just say that and go on," he said.


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