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Will Huskies get letter of intent today from Portland prep basketball star?

By Scott M. Johnson

Herald Writer

SEATTLE ? Reports out of Portland are that five-star men’s basketball recruit Terrence Jones is finally ready to put the pen to paper.

And this time, the University of Washington Huskies might officially get their man.

Jones, who verbally committed to the school in a televised press conference last month, was reportedly on the UW campus Tuesday afternoon. Today marks the official deadline for the college basketball signing period.

KJR AM was among the media outlets reporting that Jones was on campus, although the radio station did not cite a source. The Herald could not officially confirm the Jones sighting, but a reporter from this publication who was on campus for a softball press conference did see UW coach Lorenzo Romar at around 4 p.m., when he was walking with two tall young men who appeared to be on a college visit. One of them, a taller young man who wore a red baseball cap, appeared to be the 6-foot-8 Jones. The other looked like 6- 4 high school senior Terrence Ross, a former teammate of Jones who officially signed with the Huskies last month.

The Oregonian in Portland reported Tuesday that Jones said he will officially sign with a school sometime today, although the Jefferson High School star did not say which school he intended to join. Jones verbally picked UW over Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma and Oregon on April 30 but never signed the letter of intent. Rumors circulated that he might have had a change of heart, and there were newspaper reports that indicated Kentucky might have emerged as the frontrunner.

But Jones told The Oregonian last week that he was “still committed” to UW. He still hadn’t signed a letter of intent as of early Tuesday evening.

Jones is widely regarded as the top unsigned senior, and he should immediately factor into the battle for a starting job. The Huskies already have 6-9 Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 6-8 Darnell Gant and 6-7 Tyreese Breshers, all of whom have started games, but don’t have anyone with the athletic potential of Jones.

Jones and Ross played together at Jefferson High, and the 6-8 senior said during his April 30 press conference that the desire to be reunited with his former teammate was a major factor in his decision to verbally commit to UW.

Romar and the Huskies’ athletic department are not allowed to comment on Jones until his signed letter of intent is received.

As of Tuesday evening, UW’s incoming recruiting class included Ross, 6-6 swingman Desmond Simmons and 7-foot junior-college transfer Aziz N’diaye.

The Huskies lost only one starter from the 2009-10 Sweet 16 team: leading scorer Quincy Pondexter. Key reserve Elston Turner and freshman Clarence Trent opted to transfer, opening up two scholarships. One of the scholarships went to Ross, while the other was still open as of Tuesday.

? 2010The Daily Herald Co., Everett, WA

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Nothing. If I had to bet, I'd bet UW. My only real hope is that it finally ends today. If we get him, great; if not, that's fine as well... I'm tired of it and just want it to be over...

i know that feeling. sometimes you just want a resolution one way or the other.

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talk about a soap opera.. but it ended well for kentucky.. i am sure husky fans are ticked.

They are. Last night on a Seattle sports call-in show it was nuts... They basically turned into how Louisville fans are all the time towards UK... :lol:

Both UK and Washington are in the Maui Invitational this year; could get interesting if they end up playing each other...

But anyway I'm stoked that we landed Jones... He was the guy right behind Brandon Knight that I wanted the most this year... His game is tailor-made for Cal's offense and he should thrive in it next year... He turns UK from a good to potentially great team and makes us a Final Four contender once again...

Next year's team might not have quite as much talent as last year, but we will be deeper and be able to shoot the ball better... But once again it's gonna be a team led by Freshman, so you never know how everything will fit together...

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This is interesting... Apparently UK is finalizing a deal to play a game this year AT the University of Portland... This was possibly a selling point for Cal to help get Jones to UK: Come all the way across the country to play for us, and we'll play a game in your hometown...

Pretty good way to sweeten the deal, IMO... The kid was worried about leaving his family thousands of miles away, so at least give him a chance to play in front of them in his hometown...

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