Coming off a trip to the Final Four and bypassing the NBA for another run toward a title hasn’t left Terrence Jones feeling like the pressure is on him. In fact, Jones told Rivals’ Jason King that he feels less pressure. That carefree feeling is in part because of the loaded roster Kentucky features this year and Jones said he’s aware that his responsibility is to be more than a guy that puts up big stats. He needs to help lead the way for Kentucky’s freshmen stars.
“I wanted to make sure that I was going as hard as I could in front of my new teammates,” he said. “It’s obvious they look up to me. I try to show them how to do the right thing and what’s best for them. When they ask me questions, I try to play the big brother role that my teammates played for me last year.
“College can be shocking for a freshman, because everything is so much different than high school. Everything is much more serious. It takes time to get used to. The summer is the best and easiest time to do it.”
It’s a refreshing sentiment from a guy who told King that he had plenty of reasons to return to college for one more season. Calipari echoed that sentiment, saying Jones made the right decision and that he’s pleased his sophomore star arrived at that conclusion on his own. Now let’s cut down some nets.