Commitment Impact: Terrence Jones

Husky fans, as far as University of Washington hoops commitments go, this one is a 9.0 on the Richter scale. Portland phenom Terrence Jones has chosen Washington over national powerhouses Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA, and for good reason: The Huskies are going to be very good next season.

Jones, who has been measured between 6-foot-8 and 6-foot-10 and checks in a solidly built 235 pounds, is a unique talent. Incredibly versatile for a player his size, he defies any typical position, which is what makes him such a great fit for Lorenzo Romar's non-numerical system.

Offensively, he can legitimately play any position on the floor for the Huskies. Locally, he's often compared to Seattle University's Charles Garcia, but Terrence is a considerably better passer than Chuck. In reality, his game better mirrors a player like Scottie Pippen or Jeff Green because of his exceptional passing and ball-handling abilities. Jones is particularly dangerous because of his versatility on the perimeter. His height allows him to see over defenders and execute passes most guards can't make when he's on the perimeter. He's also surprisingly quick off the dribble and a dangerous threat in the open court. His shooting range extends beyond the 3-point line, forcing defenders to guard him honestly, though his shot is a bit awkward and his slow release leaves room for improvement.

Jones has been vocal about his desire to focus on the guard positions, which shouldn't be a problem at Washington given their improved post depth. Labels don't really apply to Jones either. Point forward, wing, shooting guard, small forward – none of them accurately define his abilities. He'll play where he's needed, and he's versatile enough to adapt to whatever the team requires at that moment.

As a forward, despite lacking a traditional post mindset, Jones plays with ease under the hoop. With his back to the basket, he's not dissimilar to Quincy Pondexter – an aggressive scorer who, while lacking prototypical post moves, uses his overwhelming athletic advantage, length and tenacity to will the ball into the hoop. He'll be a match-up nightmare in the Pac-10 the same way Pondexter was.

As for projecting Jones' role in the Huskies' lineup, it's a pretty safe bet he'll start from Day One, though that's never a guarantee. Whether he starts at the three or four only matters from a defensive standpoint. He doesn't love defending the post but he'll have to prove he can defend smaller players. That should be his biggest transition, as it typically is with first-year players, but his defensive upside is excellent. He's a natural shot-blocker and moves well enough laterally to guard smaller players in the same vein as Darnell Gant and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

The defensive potential with some combination of Justin Holiday, MBA, Aziz N'Daiye, Venoy Overton, Isaiah Thomas and CJ Wilcox is downright scary. Think: West Virginia, only longer and more athletic.

Around this time next year, we'll be able to look back on Jones' commitment and debate whether or not he was indeed the final piece of a Final Four puzzle. Even without Jones, there isn't a team on the west coast that matches up favorably to Washington, but Jones' commitment represents a seismic shift in the Pac-10 landscape. These Huskies are good - even great - but Jones can make this team special.

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