Jones' UW committment may not be solid

Speculation is that Jones did not give Calipari a definite no when the coach made one more final plea for the 6-9 Jones, who averaged 32 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and three steals per game last year while helping his team win a third straight state title, to sign with the Cats.

Percy Allen of The Seattle Times covered the Terrence Jones press conference Friday and said when it looked like Terrence Jones was reaching for a Kansas hat — he had hats from all six schools on his final list on a table in front of him — he actually thought he was reaching for the UK hat. Then Jones hesitated and put on the Washington cap.

But is there really a chance he could sign with UK and not Washington?

"I think it is a possibility," Allen said. "I know from my interview with him that Kentucky finished second.

"I was the last guy to do an interview with him before he called Cal. I was talking to his aunts and family members when he talked to Cal. It's hard to say with any certainty what the conversation was all about."

Speculation is that Jones did not give Calipari a definite no when the coach made one more final plea for the 6-9 Jones, who averaged 32 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and three steals per game last year while helping his team win a third straight state title, to sign with the Cats.

That plea has not been popular with Washington fans, especially since last month highly-regarded Turkish center Enes Kanter signed with the Wildcats after originally committing to Washington.

Allen said fans inside the high school gym "were clapping, yelling, screaming and even crying" when Jones picked Washington. "A lot of Washington people were very happy and now they are upset with Cal for basically doing his job," Allen said.

Allen originally planned to return to Seattle Friday night. Instead, he stayed in Portland in case Jones did change his mind and sign with Kentucky instead of Washington.

"I am actively sitting and waiting at this point," Allen said Saturday. "I am still waiting for the safe nod to go home. Folks were saying there might even be another press conference (Saturday), but I don't see him doing that again. I do know his parents wanted him to sleep on the decision and then come back at it."

Allen said he didn't know whether to think Jones might confirm his commitment to Washington today or change it to Kentucky.

"Having sat through the news conference and watched him back away from the decision a bit, I don't know if he will be ready in just 24 hours to go another direction," Allen said.

He also thinks Ross, who was taking the SAT Saturday, will have a role in Jones' decision. "He could be Washington's best recruiter," Allen said. "I think Ross will definitely play a part in this."


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