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Look at you, Terrence Jones

Terrence Jones’ transformation on the court this past season was remarkable. From his “showboating” in the Kansas game that drew ire from the affable Dick Vitale, to his sulking on the bench during the Indiana game and subsequent finger injury, Jones had a rough non-conference run. Yet, Terrence found himself on the road in the SEC, stringing together humble and hungry performances that steadied his squad and propelled them into the postseason. And, along the way, Terrence became a fan favorite.

Think back to November and December, and the odd late-night car wreck involving Terrence and Stacey Poole Jr. Picture Terrence pouting on the bench in Bloomington. Recall the pages upon pages of angry comments and tweets about his performances. T. Jones was far from a fan favorite in these times. Yet, with the New Year came a new Terrence. He kept his head down, did the right things, and occasionally threw up a mini-flex. Since the end of the season, the real T. Jones has practically been a politician, signing babies and bellies, delivering flowers to a cheerleader he accidentally tackled in New Orleans, and even throwing up three goggles atop a mechanical bull at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville.

The Big Blue Nation loves a comeback story. Many call us unforgiving, naive, and overly critical of the players we love, but Terrence’s story reveals our softer side. Maybe it was the glamour shot session before the LSU game in January that endeared Terrence to us, or maybe it was the way in which he brought a spark to seemingly every tip for the last two months of the season. We’ve said this a lot recently, but Terrence really has come full circle this season. After his freshman year, he knew he wasn’t ready for the NBA–physically and mentally. A year later, he’s playing the best basketball of his career, and in the eyes of the Big Blue Nation, he’s practically a saint.

We give a lot of ourselves to these players: time, tears, and travel. Thank you, Terrence, for showing us that it matters.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

23 Comments for Look at you, Terrence Jones

  1. BigDaddyUK
    11:16 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    First !

  2. thegoosewasgolden
    11:23 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    very nicely put.

  3. @sircolbybrown
    11:25 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    It was fun watching T. Jones grow from his freshman year to this year.. Good Luck in the NBA!

  4. CatsBy90
    11:27 am April 24, 2012 Permalink


  5. JoeMoney333
    11:29 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    Agreed, my fiance` watches games with me and TJ definitely became her favorite player.

  6. Doubting Thomas
    11:32 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    Terrence deserves a lot more credit than he’s been given. Nice article Ms T.T., Terrence will be playing a long time in the NBA and will be a major contributor on the team that selects him. Good luck and thanks Terrence, we do appreciate what you’ve done for the BBN.

  7. AD Poster
    11:33 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    I love you Terrence….

  8. letsmakeitofficial
    11:40 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    lets make today the official Terrence Jones day!! He has came along way!!

  9. UKGrad83
    11:41 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    Sometimes we forget that the players are just kids and still maturing. Heck I’m 50 and I’m still not grown up all the way. Good luck TJ and thanks for putting it together this year!!

  10. can we keep mitch?
    11:43 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    Check out the latest Capital One Cup standings for the best mens/womens D-1 Athletic programs. Kudos to Barnhart and UK Athletics. UK mens’ sports are currently ranked #2. How about some love KSR??

  11. matt
    11:46 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    10-come here often??? that was posted yesterday and it included a nice pic of the capital one viking.

  12. Syrin
    11:47 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    TJ, you rock. Good luck in the league. I pray you never have to play on a team affiliated with MJ.

  13. bluesince66
    11:50 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    Have to agree with about everything said on here. Once conference play started TJ played his tail off, deflections rebounds, he didn’t get near enough credit.

  14. capnmonkey
    11:59 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    The person managing tjs Facebook page and schedule deserves a raise, great job of promoting him lately

  15. crazycatfan
    12:05 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    LOVE T-DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEST OF LUCK TO HIM IN THE NBA!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. REAL BLY
    12:13 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    T JONES…BBN LOVES YOU AND HOPES YOU HAVE A LONG NBA CAREER!!! You are welcome back to UK anytime you want to help recruit, coach and promote the CATS!!

  17. UK Freshmen
    12:15 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    We are all gone. Move along now.

  18. mitch wants more love
    12:31 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    #11 No, actually I try to have a life outside occasionally, so in non Fball/bball season, I don’t come here that often. Keep up the good police work.

  19. 8&Counting
    12:49 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    Proud of TJ and the courage to return for a much better second year as a Wildcat!!

  20. Sarah
    12:57 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    He has always been one of my favorite players (even that game he sulked). He just has a charm about him. He is a young man that we were very lucky to get – especially after the initial hat choosing of Washington. You know how difficult that must have been for him. I also like the fact that he made known his goals of winning a champsionship and they came to fruition.

  21. Fake Truth
    2:45 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    I thought one of the most significant changes in T. Jones was his attitude. After a hard foul or a no call, he would whine and complain openly on the court. As of the last half of the season, he matured and hard fouls and no calls resulted in the same determined expression. All of the players exhibited this behavior and it was important to their success. If one of the guys go knocked to ground while going to basket, they would hop up, no change in expression, go to the line and continue as if nothing happened. Cudos to Cal for teaching those guys how to focus, and Cudos to the Real T. Jones!

  22. Carl
    3:33 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    I was surprised the first time I heard TJ speak as to how soft-spoken he was. I agree with all the positive notes here. GOOD LUCK IN THE NBA TJ !!
    GO CATS !

  23. Dr.Dre
    6:14 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    glad you give him credit when last year you were saying he was only good for an occasional mind boggling three I guess it is easy to judge players too harshly with the one-and-done system