HoopsHype Terrence Jones rumors

June 24, 2011 Updates

Opinion about the top choice isn't unanimous, however. Several scouts and executives have Harrison Barnes projected as the top pick. The North Carolina swingman got off to a slow start in Chapel Hill but came on very strong toward the end of his freshman season. With his high basketball IQ, versatility and silky smooth athleticism, and with the Tar Heels poised to be the best team in the country, Barnes will get plenty of attention. Davis and Barnes are the headliners for a draft class with the following traits: 1. A number of returning college stars: With a potential NBA lockout and other factors in play, an unusually high number of prominent college players passed on their opportunity to jump to the NBA. Barnes might be the top pick in the draft, and he could be followed closely by Baylor's Perry Jones, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, Kentucky's Terrence Jones, Florida's Patric Young, North Carolina's John Henson, Kansas' Thomas Robinson, Duke's Mason Plumlee and UNC's Tyler Zeller. ESPN.com

May 7, 2011 Updates

Former Jefferson High School standout Terrence Jones decided Saturday to pull his name from consideration for the NBA draft and return to college, where he’ll play his sophomore season at Kentucky. The 6-foot-9 Jones, the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year, put his name into the draft in April, but did not hire an agent. Jones had until Sunday night to change his mind and return to college. Oregonian

May 6, 2011 Updates

Calipari told ESPN's Andy Katz on Wednesday that Jones received mixed signals from NBA personnel and that Knight heard the news he wanted. Knight is projected by many analysts as a top-five draft pick. "You had some guys tell (Jones) he's a 1-2-3-4 pick in the draft next year, and there were some telling him you should go back, and there were others saying he should stay in the draft,'' Calipari said. "Brandon got the confirmation that he wanted (that he should stay in the draft), and DeAndre (Liggins) met with five or six teams. Josh (Harrellson) met with four teams.'' Lexington Herald-Leader

May 4, 2011 Updates
April 25, 2011 Updates

The 2011 NBA Draft continues to look soft at the top thanks to the decisions by Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones and Jared Sullinger to return to school. There are two consensus top picks -- Duke's Kyrie Irving and Arizona's Derrick Williams. After that, it's a bit of a crap shoot. The next tier of players is loaded with international players like Enes Kanter, Jonas Valanciunas, Jan Vesely and Bismack Biyombo as well as college prospects like Kemba Walker, Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Tristan Thompson. All of those players have talent. But none of them are sure things either. Kanter hasn't played in a year. Valanciunas has a huge buyout that may prohibit him from coming to the NBA anytime soon. Biyombo wasn't on the radar screen two months ago and is still a bit of an unknown. Vesely is still wildly inconsistent. Walker is undersized. Knight is a tweener. Jones is too ... and has also been maddeningly up and down. Thompson is a great rebounder, but can he be an offensive threat in the NBA? In short, if teams don't get one of the top two picks, I think you'll see many of them trying to maneuver their way out of the draft. ESPN.com

April 21, 2011 Updates

The current field could challenge the 2003 draft class for historic international appeal, with eight such prospects being taken in that first round. Detroit's ill-fated selection of Darko Milicic with that year's No. 2 pick clearly scared the trend away, with the numbers never returning to those levels and the latest round reaching new lows. Kevin Seraphin was the only international player to be taken in the 2010 first round, as the French power forward was taken 17th overall by Chicago. None of the executives polled by SI.com sounded pleased with this development, though. In fact, the reality that these particular players are on the rise is seen by some as an indictment of the American-born crop as it currently stands. "I guarantee you, if this was next year's class, with the guys that are going back to school and the incoming freshmen, nobody would feel the need to spend months of time in Kaunas, Lithuania (Motiejunas' hometown)," one general manager said. "But you start staring at Kemba Walker and [Kentucky guard] Brandon Knight and [Kentucky forward] Terrence Jones, and Kawhi Leonard in the lottery, and you start going, 'Oh my God, I'd better get on a plane and go find somebody.'" SI.com

April 20, 2011 Updates

Kentucky freshmen Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones and junior DeAndre Liggins are heading to the NBA. Maybe. The school announced Wednesday all three players have declared for the NBA draft but will not sign with an agent, clearing the way for them to return to school next fall if they change their mind by May 8. ESPN.com

April 16, 2011 Updates
April 13, 2011 Updates

Kentucky coach John Calipari thinks freshmen stars Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones should throw their names into the NBA draft. Calipari just isn't sure Knight and Jones should keep them there. Calipari said Wednesday the clouded NBA labor situation makes it difficult to project what's going to happen. The collective bargaining agreement between the NBA Players Association and the owners expires on June 30, and there's a chance league owners could lock out the players if a new deal isn't reached. Boston Globe

April 8, 2011 Updates

Families of several Kentucky basketball players acknowledged Thursday decisions must be made about whether to play for UK next season or enter this year's NBA Draft. "He's in the process of figuring that out," Tonya Knight said of her son, freshman point guard Brandon Knight. "He hasn't made a decision. Neither have we." The same was true for fellow freshman Terrence Jones, his aunt, Ava Mashia, said. "He's young," she said. "It's a big decision for him." Lexington Herald-Leader

April 1, 2011 Updates

Terrence Jones. The Kentucky freshman is a 6-foot-8, 244-pound 'tweener. "He got off to such a great start, he was almost like a top 6-7 player over the first six weeks," said the Western executive. "Now he's more in the 9-14 range. "He has a bit of a Michael Beasley feel for me as an undersized '4.' He's a good athlete but not off the charts. His greatest asset is his ability to dribble when a '4' has to guard him. He's pretty mobile with the ball, he will rebound and he can score some. He's not a good shooter, but he'll make just enough that you have to defend him, and that will enhance his ball-handling because he'll dribble-drive you." SI.com

March 18, 2011 Updates
November 24, 2010 Updates

Terrence Jones has the most buzz. A few scouts think he might be the best freshman in the country and a potential No. 1 pick in the draft. Kemba Walker has been the best player here. He's scored 59 points in his last three halves. 59 points in under 30 minutes is unbelievable. And Brandon Knight had a big game on Tuesday night versus Washington. All three guys probably go in the lottery. It's been a great event to scout. ESPN.com

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