Seattle writer on Terrence Jones

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times says Oregon assistant coach Kenny Payne is a "great recruiter" and he could see him being a nice fit on Kentucky coach John Calipari's staff.

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times says Oregon assistant coach Kenny Payne is a "great recruiter" and he could see him being a nice fit on Kentucky coach John Calipari's staff.

"Kenny Payne Kentucky would be a big thing," said Allen.

That's becasue Payne, a former University of Louisville star, has been recruiting Portland, Ore., forward Terrence Jones longer than anyone. Jones originally gave a verbal commitment to Washington at a press conference. However, he did not sign with the Huskies and continues to contemplate whether he will sign with Washington or Kentucky.

"He probably has as good a relationship with Terrence as anybody because he was closer to him and could see more games and things," Allen said. "I would think it would be pretty big to Terrence if Kenny went to Kentucky."

Allen says Washington is not used to a recruiting process that drags on this long. Wednesday is the last day to sign a national letter-of-intent, but that does not mean Jones has to sign then. He could sign financial/scholarship forms any time without signing a letter-of-intent. Kentucky signee Brandon Knight signed last month, but he did not sign a letter-of-intent binding him to UK if he decided to change his mind.

"I think Terrence Jones' recruiting is going to have people thinking outside the box," Allen said.

He's right.

Maybe May 19th or whatever the final signing deadline is will no longer be important because star players will delay recruiting and just not sign a letter-of-intent.

However, it still looks like shifting Rod Strickland from a full-time assistant coach to an administrative position has created the perfect opening for Calipari to bring Payne — and maybe Jones — to Kentucky.


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