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Terrence Jones is #4 on the Basketball Prospectus Top 100


Basketball Prospectus has spent the past two weeks ranking the top 100 players in college basketball. Kentucky had five players make the countdown, which was second best behind North Carolina’s six. But here at KSR we are firm believers in quality over quantity, so Kentucky’s four players in the top 50 compared to UNC’s three in the top 50 sounds much better.

Marquis Teague was the first Wildcat to appear on the countdown at #62, followed by Doron Lamb at #43. The Prospectus low-balled Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis at #29 and #21, respectively. The top 10 was released this morning and everyone’s favorite sophomore Terrence Jones is the fourth best player in all of basketball. That sounds about right…

4. Terrence Jones, Kentucky (So., PF)

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 NBA 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 Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins will be replaced with top-3-ranked freshmen Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 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 SEC Player of the Year.

Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor, North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, and Josh Harrellson’s Jared Sullinger make up the top three.

Anthony Davis at #21 is bull. He’ll prove that when he goes up against John Henson and Tyler Zeller (#11 and #15) on December 3.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

21 Comments for Terrence Jones is #4 on the Basketball Prospectus Top 100

  1. Marcus L. Owens
    1:05 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink


  2. ukwildcatwildfan
    1:06 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    North Carolina is overrated.

  3. Yappin
    1:14 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    Ranking Terrence Jones ahead of Anthony Davis is purely the result of ingesting too many drugs. No offense Terrence.

  4. ink
    1:26 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink


  5. Blasphemy
    1:26 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    “I do think, though, that people are beginning to give too much credit to impact freshmen before they step on campus”
    **That’s his direct quote for Davis and one of the reasons why he put him so low at 21.

    “He’s ranked near the top of every list, it’s unanimously agreed that he’s college ready”
    **That’s his direct quote for one of his reasons for ranking River’s so high.

    He needs to admit to himself that he’s partial. Seriously. Teague, Kidd-Gilchrist, and Davis will ALL prove to be top 20, and perhaps most 2/3 or all will prove to be top 10. The NBA agrees.

  6. Got the basketball Jones
    1:27 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    I honestly think he will be the best player on this years team!Dont get me wrong, Davis and Gilchrist are damn good!! Jones is a beast! Hes aggressive and having more big men will let him do his thing this year. I expect 18 and around 9-10 boards a game for this man. His passing in the open court to is underrated! If he profects his jumper and ball handling some then theres no telling how high the ceiling is for this kid!

    1:28 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    and the “phrase of the year” for UK basketball 2011 edition is …

  8. HillbillyInBC
    1:34 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    “Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor, North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, and Josh Harrellson’s Jared Sullinger make up the top three.”

    Well played, Drew. I LOLed.

  9. Don
    1:44 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    Davis’ skills are undeniable, but let’s allow him to transition his game to the college level. Let’s also remember that there is a learning curve for the DD offense, and he’ll have to know his role vs the always go-to guy in high school.

    I think he will be great, but he WILL have to SHOW people what he is made of on the court.

  10. Sully's Spalding Tattoo
    1:48 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    Josh Harrellson’s Jared Sullinger….number one was owned by Jorts, I’ll take Anthony Davis

  11. ZombieLibrarian
    1:51 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    “Josh Harrellson’s Jared Sullinger”….this was pure gold.

  12. mocha
    1:55 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink


  13. Blasphemy
    1:59 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    Oh, for the record, that list was a big-fresh-steaming-should-be-deleted-immediately-pile-of-horse S**T. I mean, seriously, Festus Ezeli at 9!? I mean…….. come on…… just….. come on. There are only 8 players in NCAA that are BETTER than Festus Ezeli. REALLY???? It’s what ev……

  14. Uknation
    1:59 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    D Miller ……anyone?

    Darius might have the best season…. What 2 guard in the nation will be able to guard him when he plays the 2 and the opposing small forward will have to help with Davis and Jones down low when Darius is at the 3…..I see a lot of wide open three’s and shooting over smaller defenders in the paint all year long for Miller!

  15. hopper
    2:08 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    TJones will be that

  16. Getcha Popcorn Ready
    2:19 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    I still believe Lamb will lead the team in scoring.

    Just a side note: Tickets for the Tip Off at Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT) went on sale to the general public today at 10AM. Let’s fill that place up with Kentucky blue!

  17. Just saying
    2:27 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    where are all the UL players on that list?? Everyone knows Peyton Siva is NBA bound after this season. Dont believe me, just go to ITV and ask them ;-0

  18. Buzzard
    2:34 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    I’m with you # 14. I think this is the year for D Miller. He’s got all the tools. He’s to big and strong for guards, and too good with the ball for most bigs to guard him. He just needs to play hard every game.

  19. ZZbottom
    3:10 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    I can count 3 players on our team better than Zeller. – TJ, Mike K-G, Davis, Miller, ops that’s 4

  20. Walter Sobchak
    4:18 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    #11 is right

  21. uklaw95
    4:31 pm July 25, 2011 Permalink

    “Josh Harrellson’s Jared Sullinger” Love it.