Many people have grown tired of the Terrence Jones situation. But John Calipari knows that this is big-time recruiting. Jones had narrowed his school choices down to Kentucky and Washington. Last Friday it appeared that the Huskies were the winner in the Jones Sweepstakes, but that still remains to be seen.
Jones's former teammate and close friend, Terrance Ross, chose the Huskies earlier last week and signed with them on Friday. Jones's decision bared a familiar sight. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward displayed six hats: one for each school that he was considering late in the process.
After thanking several people in attendance, including his family, Jones decided to make a decision about his college choice.
Yes, you read that right. Jones even said it himself. He hadn't decided on a school before he sat down at the table. "I guess I'll be picking one now," said Jones. He reached over for the Kansas hat and then immediately reached back to the other side of the table and grabbed the Washington hat.
However he didn't sign his letter-of-intent. And signing the LOI isn't necessary to attend a school. Brandon Knight is doing that with Kentucky. Jones also has maintained that he's still unsure about his decision. Rumors have swirled back and forth on both sides. Many at Kentucky believe he'll eventually still be a Wildcat. On the other hand, several people in the Pacific Northwest feel like he'll stick with Washington.
Up until yesterday, Jones still wouldn't confirm that he was truly committed to Washington. Immediately after announcing them as his decision, it is rumored that he called Kentucky coach John Calipari and spoke with him for several minutes.
Just in case you're wondering, that's not an NCAA violation for two reasons. Reason one: he hasn't signed with Washington yet. Reason two: he initiated the contact. Had Calipari called Jones after the decision, then it would have been unethical and had he signed the LOI it would have been tampering. But that's not the case here.
The late signing period doesn't end until May 19th. So this could drag out for another 13 days should Jones decide to sign a LOI. If he doesn't, which he doesn't have to, it could last even longer.
Yesterday Jones told The Oregonian: "I'm still committed to Washington, but I'm not willing to sign anything at this point."
That makes him a soft commitment to the Huskies at best. But it is a commitment, which means the Huskies lead for his services by default if nothing else.
You can expect Lorenzo Romar and John Calipari to battle this one out until Jones makes a firm decision.
Either way it goes, this may be the most bizarre recruitment Kentucky fans have dealt with since Ralph Sampson's decision over 30 years ago.
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