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Terrence Jones Driven By Final Four Loss

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This is what a second year and focus can get you

Here’s a pretty good article from Slam that goes into what perspective shift of Terrence Jones between last season and this year.  Last year, we saw the semi-immature Jones display incredible talent and athleticism, only to leave us wanting more.  All freshman go through a growing process, but when you have elite abilities like TJ, you only get so long to grow before you’re best decision is to head off to the NBA.

We’ve seen the focus and desire through Jones’ early play.  He’s determined, he’s a leader, and he’s going to do whatever it takes to win.  Take a look at some quotes he dropped in this piece…

“I tried to make my all-around game better by working on every little thing to improve it,” Jones said. “Spending so much time in the gym helped my mental aspect by going harder and the little things more serious.”

“I’ve got to play my role to the best of my ability and do my best to be one of the leaders,” Jones said.

“I came back because I want to try and win a National Championship,” Jones said. “With the returning guys we have and the freshmen coming in, I believe we have a chance to do it.”

This isn’t anything we didn’t know.  But there is a little factoid revealed that I never knew – Damon Stoudamire is Jones’ cousin.  I feel like this is something we would have heard about by now.  Or maybe I live under a rock.  Stoudamire at Memphis now, working under Pastner (who can’t seem to turn that talented bunch into a true team).  TJ said this about Damon…

“I seek his advice all the time,” Jones said. “He’s one of the people I look up to the most, and he’s one I go to for advice because he’s already been through everything that I am going through or trying to go through as a basketball player.”

Article written by Chris Thomas

13 Comments for Terrence Jones Driven By Final Four Loss

  1. The Rich White Man
    6:37 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    TJ comes back to make Zeller eat sh!* for a second strait year.

  2. darryl isaac
    6:38 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    ALMOST first!

  3. Dustin
    6:38 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    I know Football news is not what everyone wants to hear right now, but we have been honored enough to get an interview with 4 star QB commit Patrick Towles on CWN (Cordell’s Wildcat News) visit the site to see what he had to say.

  4. Spiderman rules
    6:39 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    and little z is NEXT!!!

  5. tdky
    6:43 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    The fact that he is cousins with Stoudamire is not knew, he learned to shoot left handed trying to emulate him. Those stories were out there either before or right after he signed with us.

  6. Han
    6:54 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    I remember rooting for that dude at Arizona in the NCAA tourney one year.

    And yeah, you’ve been under a rock. I believe TJ talked about calling his cousin back when he was going through the recruiting stuff.

  7. catnuts
    6:55 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    (5) Yea I think everyone on here knew about Stoudamire being his cousin.

  8. Cats Fan
    7:06 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Who ISN’T Stoudamire’s cousin?

  9. garfunkleo
    7:07 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    you have been under a rock forever man! we knew this while cal was recruiting him. Who are you Chris Thomas, i think your the next BTI!!!!

  10. Orcat
    7:10 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Stoudamire asst coach for Memphis pro team or University? I think the former.

  11. Get It
    7:22 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    REALLY? Why even have a comments sections if you’re going to delete what I just posted.


  12. testing
    11:04 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink


  13. shawnkempstvccjersey
    8:33 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    if there was absolutely any other way for me to glean even the slightest modicum of wildcat news without having to otherwise look at the mugshots of bald, sneering, mis/uninformed old white men, i would never visit this site again. if my life wasn’t already committed to much more meaningful pursuits i would start a website that would render you quotidian in a week. not only do most of the people who come here know more about the wildcats than anyone who writes for this site, they without doubt know more about the game of basketball, in general. in my opinion, total ignorance of the latter is the rotting albatross of this site and why the site is where it will be ten years from now…in slow motion.

    miss tyler thompson is the only contributor i’m not embarassed to read.