Jones Emerging on UNC's Radar

North Carolina has been looking for a true wing forward for its 2010 recruiting class, which already consists of Kendall Marshall and Reggie Bullock. But it appears a versatile combo forward is a possibility as well.

Recently the Tar Heels' recruiting efforts with junior Terrence Jones, a standout at Portland (Ore.) Jefferson, have picked up. UNC even hosted the 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward for an under-the-radar unofficial visit earlier this spring.

"It was good," Jones said of his trip to Chapel Hill. "I'd never been there before so it was good to see it and all the history up there."

While on North Carolina's campus Jones said he was able to get lunch, take a tour of the facilities and meet with the Tar Heels' head coach.

"Coach Williams said he's recruited players out of Oregon before," Jones said. "He just said he wants to see how I am as a person. They were still in the NCAA tournament, so we talked about that and us winning state and just recruiting in general."

"Basically he just told me that they were going to stay on me hard and he told me to work on getting my GPA up," Jones added, noting that UNC has not yet offered.

Jones is in the middle of an impressive spring playing with I-5 Elite. Since last summer he's grown nearly two inches, has become a consistent long-range shooter and has emerged as one of the more versatile prospects in the 2010 class.

Among the schools in the mix for Jones are Oklahoma, North Carolina, Indiana, Arizona, Florida, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Georgetown, Oregon and Maryland. Thus far he's taken trips to California, Georgetown, Oregon, Oregon State and UNC.

Jones' high school coach Pat Strickland, who was an assistant coach on Jefferson's back-to-back state championship teams and is now the head coach, confirmed that Jones' recruiting situation is still open.

"As far as I know as well it's definitely open and there's no clear cut favorite," Strickland said. "I know last spring when he was younger he liked Georgetown, but he's pretty much wide open and he's going to let everything run its course."

Strickland also confirmed Jones' visit to North Carolina. According to Strickland, he hasn't been in touch with the Tar Heel staff, but he knows they've been in contact with Jones.

"I know Terrence has been in dialogue with them and they've even talked to Aaron Miles as well, but I haven't talked to them directly," Strickland said.

"I know Terrence likes North Carolina and he got a chance to step on campus and hang out with Roy Williams and a few of there other coaches over spring break. Terrence definitely wants them to step it up, but I'm not sure to what extent they are involved, but they are definitely involved."

According to Jones, he'll likely take a few more unofficial visits in the near future. He mentioned wanting to visit Maryland, Washington, UCLA and USC.

Jones will be back on the circuit with I-5 Elite on Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta for the Nike MDC. In the summer he also plans to participate in the NBPA Top 100 Camp, the Vince Carter Skills Academy and the LeBron James Skills Academy.

Jones, who averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds for Jefferson last season, is ranked at No. 43 overall in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com. As a face-up lefty four man with developing perimeter skills that could earn him some playing time on the wing in college, he is ranked the No. 11 power forward in the class.

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