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Prospect Profile

Terrence Jones

  • Full Name: Terrence Jones
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 244
  • Birthdate: January 9, 1992
  • College: Kentucky
Houston Rockets Round 1: Pick 18
 

Strengths:
* Capable of playing both forward spots
* Good rebounder
* Solid passer
* Inside-outside offensive player
* Good shot blocker
* 7-foot-3 wingspan

Weaknesses:
* Needs to become more consistent
* Free-throw shooting could stand improvement
* Shoots jump shot with flat trajectory

NBA projection:
Jones has been projected in some mock drafts as a lottery pick, based on his vast potential. When he gets to the next level and is able to put in as much time as he wants on shoring up his weaknesses, Jones should make quick strides. Given his size and his athletic ability, Jones has the tools necessary to be a major contributor. For him it’s all about the energy level he brings to the court. If he wants to exert himself, Jones is hard to handle.

2011-12 Season:
Jones never quite matched the dominant performances he gave at the Maui Invitational as a freshman. And at times, such as in the Wildcats’ lone regular-season loss, at Indiana, he was a frustrating no-show. But down the stretch of the season, when Kentucky had to have his rebounding in particular and his general all-around game, Jones delivered. When he wants to, Jones can take over games on both ends of the floor, and he did so often in March.

Key statistics:
12.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.6 tpg, 1.3 spg, 1.8 bpg, 29.3 mpg, .500 FG, .327 3PT, .627 FT

Cool statistic:
Sometimes overlooked by fans and the media were Jones’ defensive contributions this season. He finished second on the team and among the SEC leaders in blocked shots (1.8 bpg) and steals (1.3 spg).

Reminds me of:
Marvin Williams.

What Insiders Say:
Kentucky coach John Calipari
"Last year at this time, we made a run in [the NCAA] tournament because he rebounded the ball like crazy. In the game we lost against Connecticut, he had 15 rebounds, and he was rebounding every ball. Much better offensive player than he was a year ago, and now he's still rebounding."

What Outsiders Say:
Former LSU (now TCU) coach Trent Johnson
"Terrence showed up tonight [after scoring 27 points and grabbing nine rebounds in a win at LSU]. He was a man among boys."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

 

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