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Cal Wants Terrence Jones To Be Like Derrick Williams

In an interview with Andy Katz (funny how those things just pop up periodically, huh?), Kentucky coach John Calipari talked about Terrence Jones’ return to Kentucky for a sophomore season and what it meant for the team, as well as the player.  Calipari said that Jones’ decision to return indicates that he’s ready to be challenged to be the best player in the country and elaborated by saying that he wants him to transform like former Arizona player Derrick Williams.  Not a bad guy to aim for.

Williams’ freshmen numbers (15 points, 7 rebounds per game) were similar to Jones’ freshmen numbers, but he took a leap forward as a sophomore, putting up 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and upping his shooting numbers across the board (including hitting 57% of his threes, up from 25% as a freshman).  Though their games are a little different, they both are perceived as “tweener” players at the next level and Cal wants Jones to improve his rebounding and effort as he pushes for better draft stock.  It’s a calculated and astute comparison by Kentucky’s head man and one that, hopefully, will be the driving force behind an improved Terrence Jones.

For his part, Jones told Andy Katz that he wasn’t ready to leave college yet because he hadn’t adequately left his mark on the college game.  He didn’t want, as Katz put it, to “be remembered as a nice complementary piece”.  He summed it up best when he said, “I want to gain maturity. I want to learn how to be a better leader. I want to try and win a national championship with the new guys coming in.”


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Article written by Thomas Beisner

6 responses to “Cal Wants Terrence Jones To Be Like Derrick Williams”

  1. bigbluemaniac19

    ilike the comparisons between williams an terrence. similiar bodies, similiar game, williams a lil better bager insie while terrance an b the better perimeter player. i wouldnt b suprised at all if jones becomes the cent piece for a title run next season. if he wants to improve and wants to win he can become unstopable

  2. stevem

    I want what Terrence wants.

  3. lexslamman

    Couldn’t you guys have run a picture of Williams doing that to Duke? It was so much better watching Arizona beat the ugly out of Duke.

  4. SweetTeaMob til I DIE

    Terrence Jones needs to be Terrence Jones. Excited to see how he’s grown as a player during the offseason.


    I can’t wait to see the new Jones in action.

  6. Championship or Bust

    Jones is my favorite UK player of all time, period. Can’t explain how extatic I am to get to watch him for another year in the Blue & White. I expect him to absolutely dominate this year. Can’t wait!