Basketball Prospectus ranks Terrence Jones as 4th best player in the nation

Terrence Jones
Terrence Jones - AP Photo

For the past few weeks Basketball Prospectus has been counting down the nation’s Top 1oo Division I players.  This week they list their Top 10.  finds himself ranked 4th.  Of him they say:  “Jones’s decision to return for his sophomore year surprised me more than any other player’s. The lefty made first team All-SEC, was high on every draft board, and spent his freshman year under John Calipari. It seemed like a given he’d be playing ball this November (or at least waiting for the lockout to end). But fresh off co-leading a young team to the Final Four, he’s still at UK. Jones is a very good rebounder who can get to the line and rarely turns the ball over. His shooting percentages last year were just 47/33/65; if he lives up to this billing it’ll be because those numbers improve. He projects to have significantly scarier frontcourt mates in 2012, where the departed and will be replaced with top-3-ranked freshmen and Anthony Davis. Defenses won’t be able to key in on Jones like they could last year. With a little more help and slightly smarter shot selection, he should be Player of the Year.”

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