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What’s up with Terrence Jones?


After a 27-point and 17-rebound performance against Notre Dame December 8, Terrence Jones was the toast of the town, sporting per game averages of 20 points and 10.5 rebounds and finding his way into chatter about the top overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.  But, in a game against an athletically limited Indiana frontline, huge numbers were expected and Jones seemed to lose his mojo a bit.  That 3-11 shooting game appears to have been the start of a funk for Jones, who has averaged only 13.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest.  After the game last night, Jones took to Twitter and asked a question that many UK fans have been wondering themselves.

What’s wrong with Terrence Jones?

If you listen to Coach Cal, which is probably a good place to start, the decreased production is a product of practice habits that haven’t been as good as expected the last couple of weeks.  It’s not a situation that has placed the freshman forward in the dog house or seems to be developing into major issue, but Cal acknowledged that Jones has spent some time on the treadmill due to some not-so-spirited efforts. 

As far as what’s happening on the court, it seems to be the complete opposite.  Jones seems to be forcing shots and trying to create looks when he’d be better served letting the offense turn back over.  Teams seem to be picking up on the fact that he seems to only go left, but, honestly, that hasn’t seemed to be a major issue.  Yet.  It just seems to be that he’s trying to make things happen instead of letting them happen for him, which is something his teammates seem to have learned rapidly over the past several games.  And, simply put, that’s what Jones has to learn to do.  Let the game come to you, young man!

Jones’ early success, as well as the spurts recently, can be attributed to him being a high-energy, emotional player.  He’s a guy whose game seems to snowball into dominance as each bucket garners a little bit more confidence and he just hasn’t been able to build that momentum lately.  In the past six games, he’s struggled out of the gate and Jones has found him forcing shots and drives the rest of the contest to find it.  He’s a guy who very badly wants to be the best player on the floor.  You’ll get no arguments there.  But, he’s a guy who seems to be looking too hard to find it. 

What’s the remedy?  Well, for starters, Kentucky needs to get him good looks underneath early.  It seems simple enough, but it’s the absolute truth.  Josh Harrellson has developed an uncanny knack for finding that soft spot in the lane when the guards penetrate or a man in the zone rotates over.  Terrence Jones has to find that same level of comfortability.  And, more imporantly, Kentucky’s guards have to find him in those efficient spots.  In the first eight games of the season, Jones was a force in the paint and it opened up a three-point shot for him.  In the last six, he’s not only struggling to connect from inside the arc, but he’s also rarely looking for the three-ball, averaging just over one per game (three per during first eight).  The problem isn’t in the effort or in getting shots.  It’s in getting the good shots that will make the effort efficiently productive.

Basically, Terrence has to be Terrence again.  And his teammates have to help him get there.


Article written by Thomas Beisner

69 Comments for What’s up with Terrence Jones?

  1. deer boss
    11:09 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    he’ll be okay , especially with a big enes.

  2. Burly
    11:13 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Great kid…but no where near as good as our fans think. He struggles against size and has a below average shot. NBA would be taking a huge risk on his talent. He is a great athlete playing basketball.

  3. Loving TJ
    11:13 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    We love ya TJ…hang in there!

  4. catinhat
    11:13 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    No worries!!

    See, now that Jorts is going to be attracting double teams, he’ll be able to feed Terrence Jones the ball for easy buckets, as the defense will be largely ignoring him.

  5. Don
    11:13 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    He’s good. When he get’s early buckets, he just flows.

  6. Ghost of Chubs
    11:14 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    He is forcing shots. That, coupled with a long memory, is messing up his head. Dude seems almost bi-polar. He is either way up or way down. TJ just needs to find his “happy place” and all will be well.

  7. Big Blue 66
    11:15 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    TJ, youre placing too much pressure on yourself, work hard, have fun and it will all fall into place.

  8. GoodLord
    11:17 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    With Jorts and our guards stepping up, TJ can slowly get his rhythm back…Once he hits his stride again, we will be VERY tough to beat! GO CATS! Nuck the FCAA! FREE ENES!

  9. SexnNursinHomes
    11:17 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    well said Beis.

    Other teams are focusing more TJ, like Beis says, get an early bucket or two early in the game and it will open things up for him.

  10. Bull Butter
    11:22 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    As a fan, I don’t care about TJ stats. If teams want to continue the double/triple team him everytime he gets the ball, he dishes to open man. Be it Jorts, Lamb, Miller, Knight, who cares. I’ll take that anyday. Actually, having good but not NBA high stats would be good. TJ can stay another year or two.

  11. tim
    11:24 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I too think he just needs to loosen up a little, and just have FUN. I hope he gets Boogie a little revenge, and posterizes Trey Thompkins this weekend.

  12. bluecat15
    11:24 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Hey guys I’m going to the SEC Tournament in Atlanta and I want to party with the UK fans. Is it best to stay in midtown or buckhead for the parties.

  13. John McClane
    11:26 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome to the party Pal!

  14. SaveUofL
    11:27 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    It seems my fellow UofL fan, #11, is now a UGA fan. Typical, as most UofL fans are great at jumping on and off bandwagons!

  15. TrueBlueBlooded
    11:27 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I always thought that the twitter account @BrandonKnight12 was fake, I guess it’s not.

    Can one of you fine KSR writers post an updated listed of confirmed twitter accounts for team?

    11:30 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    15) Well since I breed dogs I thought switching to GA made sense. Any SEC school is better than my dirty birds.

  17. DeAndre Daniels
    11:32 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I’m going to KU. Suck it UK!

  18. DerbyDemon
    11:41 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    #7–Couldn’t agree with you more. The kid just needs to relax. However, I think he really is confused about what his role on this team may be. That aside, I think he’ll be fine once he learns to (as #6 puts it) “find his happy place.”

  19. SiestaKeyCat
    11:41 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Hey #11 (loser Louisville troll who is obsessed with UK), I really don’t think that Kentucky should be all that worried about Georgia. After all, we beat them twice last year by double digits, they have not been impressive in the non-conference season, and they finished with a losing record last year (both in overall record and SEC record). Further, Kentucky leads the overall series with Georgia 112-24 (.824). By the way, just for the record, Georgia has been on probation since Kentucky has (remember Jim Harrick?), and your hero Ricky Fifteeno has 8 NCAA infractions on his record, not to mention that he repeatedly cheats on his wife and pays for abortions. You just got owned, loser.

  20. UK will kick KUs arses
    11:42 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    18 – go ahead and you will be a part of the team that UK will crush on Nov. 15 next year

  21. Al's IndiCats
    11:44 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    18…. is that you again Looserville?

  22. Terrence
    11:44 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    He needs the ball down on the block so he can take it to the hole. His 3 point shot needs some work. Great slasher and rebounder! I would take him anytime any day! Keep your head up TJ. it is a long season.

  23. Al's IndiCats
    11:47 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    ^^^^^to you #20

  24. fish
    11:49 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    t. jizzle just steppin back chillin’ lettin the rest of the team catch up to him

  25. RichieFarmer'sMustache
    11:50 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Deandre Daniels to Kansas….bring on Trevor Lacey!

  26. SaveUofL
    11:50 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    #28 We should be more concerned that Daniels is not going to play for our team.

  27. SaveUofL
    11:50 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    oops, #18 not #28

  28. Lolcats
    11:51 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone else remember last year when Wall hit a bit of a slump? Then Calipari talked to him and said, “You don’t need to do everything…” or something to that effect, and then Wall went crazy.

    Same thing will happen to TJ. He needs to lose his long term memory and just play the game with confidence. He’s already shown to the nation more than once this season that he’s got the talent.

  29. Dark Helmet
    11:52 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I think the biggest problem is T. Jones is just factored into opposing teams gameplans better. He hasn’t had an open shot because his man (best defender on the team) is chasing him and the rest of the team is looking to double him any chance they get. I think more backdoor cut set plays could help Jones but to do that he’s got to freeze his man off the ball to create space and head to the hoop. Maybe he needs to move off the ball a little better? He also should let it all hang out and play with crazy Liggins energy. I’m not worried about T. Jones the kid has ridiculous versitility and is still playing at a real high level.

  30. DeAndre Daniels
    11:53 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Trevor Lacey makes Eric Bledsoe look smart. No way he makes the grades to play next year. Well, unless you have Calipari as your coach.

  31. BoogieWoogie
    11:55 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    It’s all good Jones!! We know you are working hard and trying to get better. We all go through a slump sometimes. Other teams are keying on you and thats opening up Jorts to score. Before long they will have to make a decision: take their chances guarding you one on one or continue to double team you and let Jorts kill them. Either way, pick your poison.

  32. Bill Self
    11:56 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    18) Did you delete Samantha Ryan’s number out of your phone like I asked you to?

  33. Common Sense
    11:56 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    17 You screw dogs??? Sicko…

  34. Louisville is pathetic
    11:58 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    31 – you know what else makes Bledsoe look smart? The dollars he is earning in the NBA, that’s what.

  35. SaveUofL
    11:58 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    #31 HAHA! Our beloved Cards, like Knowles and Jennings, are little Einstein’s! Keep up the good fight, maybe later we can hook up over at inside tha ville or card chronical.

  36. Bill Self
    12:00 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    31) Two words: Georgi Dieng.

  37. Blasphemy
    12:00 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    OMG, you all, take a look at this article where Dan Wetzel absolutely RIPS into the NCAA and the whole Ohio State deal.

  38. Franky
    12:00 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    31: Eric Bledsoe has probably forgotten “more” than you’ll ever know!!! By the way, how does your checkings account stack up to Bledsoes? That’s what I thought. Cal puts players in the NBA. He’s not here to turn them into Rhoades Scholars.

  39. Dark Helmet
    12:01 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    31) Well you can’t really dog our teams intelligence if Brandon Knight stays our Ferensic team will probably practice against our basketball team to polish up for Harvard. Who cares about Deandre Daniels? He probably wouldn’t see the court much any way for a couple of years with all the forwards we have committed any way.

  40. Kanter Banter
    12:01 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Nothing wrong with TJ….everyone is stepping up (except Miller of course)….Things will open up for him…the worse thing he can do is try to force up shots. Let the game come to him.

  41. SaveUofL
    12:02 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Any U of L fans want to talk about the Orange Bowl we won a few years ago? Maybe we could discuss that time we were the overall #1 seed a few years back? No. Okay lets just keep trolling on KRS under differant names (that will FOOL EVERYONE). Not like we have anything else to do.

  42. stfu
    12:04 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    #2 suck a nut –

  43. BPsycho
    12:05 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    #31 Forest Gump can play on my team if he makes it rain 3’s..

    Eric Bledsoe IS smart “He commited to KY with John Wall and got drafted” unlike you that’s some redneck or ghost bobber in Louisville that’s trollin at noon on KSR…

    These Louisville fans are still soooooo angry. They still limpin from that beat down in the Hump Center. I want LFC back… Atleast he had good material and could actually troll. These p***y trolls here drop a post and then don’t reply when you call them out lol

  44. Al's IndiCats
    12:11 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    38)I read it. This what bothers me is that they continue to do so because of all they Blatantly breaking the rules and the NCAA, coaches, Conference committee, and the bowl reps are simply looking the other way. All the while our man Enes has to sit and watch. someone tell me again that the NCAA is run by nobel people.

    Newton plays
    Selby plays
    Prior plays
    The MSU player who beat the hell out of team mate plays
    Corey Magget played, and no retribution set against Duke
    Enes sits

    Tell me that’s justice and I have some oceanside property in Arizona to sell you!

  45. Go right, young man! Go right!

  46. #11, thanks for always giving us a laugh! Yep, them Dawgs are scary, what with that huge win over MERCER! LOL! 🙂

  47. catinhat
    12:16 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I got it. What TJ needs most right now is:

    A WILL LENTZ OPEN LETTER on the KSR blogsite!!

    TJ will read it and it will change his life.

    Will’s Open Letters remind me of Dostoevsky’s character Hippolyte (in The Idiot) and his “Explanation.” Just saying.

  48. Big Blue 66
    12:24 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    On a side note, spoke with a few UL diehards today, they are imploding over the loss. UK sends 5 guys into the draft and reloads and beats them worse the next year. They all blame Pitino and said Cal is out recruiting and outcoaching him…..most think RP is done and give him no more than 2 years……LOL what losers LOL

  49. DeAndre Daniels
    12:25 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sooo happy that Cal puts players into the NBA after one year. That is great for the NBA and the players getting drafted into the league. If I was a Kentucky fan, I would get tired of seeing players leaving early but still coming up short in the NCAA tourney. Let’s face it 35-3 is great and all, but not winning the title with 5 NBA first round picks must still sting a little.

  50. Dude
    12:29 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    #50. STFU & GTFO. Thanks.

  51. Xavier Henry
    12:33 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    DeAndre..dude don’t go to KU, Samantha Ryan smells really funky, you know what I mean. The Mercedes they give you is a rental and is racking up the miles thanks to Showtime, and the Pump bros got caught so they have cut back on the pay quite a bit. Oh and Northern Iowa. GO to UK.

  52. NBA league pass
    12:37 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    50) how about getting beat in the second round by a team I’ve never heard of?

  53. billy
    12:40 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I think that he is being double teamed a lot and it is bothering him. I noticed that he did not shoot wide open threes in the game against Penn.
    He will be just fine now that the SEC is starting. No need to panic. But Uk fans like to panic. Remember BILLY CLYDE is not coaching this team.

  54. billy
    12:41 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Jones will be just fine. BILLY CLYDE OR TUBBY are not coaching this team.

  55. billy
    12:43 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    # 31 Jealously is a very bad thing.

  56. billy
    12:47 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Why should we be concerned about Daniels not playing. I thought Gilchrist was coming to town. Along with Wiltzer.

  57. doctor
    12:56 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    #11 was de-pantsed on the playground at an early age and now has an inferiority complex

  58. Louisville is pathetic
    1:11 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    50 – actually, it doesn’t sting at all. We came off a horrible two-year run with BCG, so I’ll take that 35-3 with an Elite 8 and be happy about it…especially with the way we bounced back this year. I’m guessing (but wouldn’t know) what really stings is losing at home on your new court to a team you constantly strive to be better than but consistently come up short.

  59. DeAndre Daniels
    1:18 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I know I bring up old, tired arguments that have repeatedly been shot down, but yes, you are right, I have absolutely nothing else to do but troll.

  60. BlueCapper
    1:20 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    48) Amen. Those open letters have been a joy to read!

  61. Megan
    1:31 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Nothing’s “wrong” with Terrence. Just leave things to Coach. That’s his job. Offering our two cents only draws attention to an issue that can’t possibly benefit from it.

  62. DeAndre Daniels
    1:32 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I could care less that you beat Louisville. Congrats, they are such a good team and a quality win! I’m going to KU, the best program in the Nation. Save all your crap about the most wins, 7 titles, blah, blah, blah. Your program has been irrelevant in over a decade. All of a sudden your hire a scumbag and your the best ever again? Cal will never win a title, if for some miracle he does, the NCAA will find out that some player on the team was ineligible. They have plenty to pick from.

  63. Louisville is pathetic
    1:37 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    63 – you don’t sound smart enough to get in to KU, unless KU is a school for idiots. Saying you ‘could care less’ means that you could actually care less, moron…perhaps you meant ‘couldn’t care less’??? If UK is so irrelevant, why are you here dwelling on our every word? so pathetic.

  64. BlueJ
    1:42 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I think he is just focused on scoring the ball to much. Really TJ has played great. The UL game he set Jorts up with so many dunks, he has blocked shots and initiated the offense on most possessions. The only thing that has change is the defense now knows and are focused on stopping him. I think he should realize you don’t have to score 30 to have a good game, or to be the best player on the floor. Sort of like Rondo, but in different ways.

  65. 63) I would guess that your former coach “Boy Williams” never cheated? My guess is that you already forgot about all the improper “GIFTS” he let the Alumni give to the out going and remaining team. Had the NCAA had any balls at all they could’ve and Should’ve stuck “Gaybirds” on probation. But just like Knight, Ratface, old Roy boy is one of the good ol’ boys and just like what they’re doing now with Ohio State, they just turned they’re non-semitrical heads and look the other way. Hey just wait, this thing with Selby isn’t over….talk here in Indy is that they’re looking into something else your boy Selby had done when he committed to UT. Just a heads up

  66. SEC Tourney
    2:37 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    #13- I lived in Atlanta for 2 years and prefer Midtown. Buckhead is alright but has went downhill some.

  67. SiestaKeyCat
    4:08 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    The Kansas fans calling Calipari and Kentucky “cheaters” need to take a look at their own history (including recent history). Here are a few FACTS: Kansas has been on probation 5 times (yes, 2 more times than UK). Secondly, Kansas played an ineligible player in the 2008 NCAA Championship game (Arthur). Further, ol’ Selby is a real trooper, now isn’t he. Gee, what a angel! Lastly, (and this is important to remember) the previous two Kansas coaches before Self left KU on NCAA probation.

    So, in conclusion, the LAST program that needs to call Kentucky “cheaters” is Kansas. Have a nice day!

  68. Peyton Siva
    10:08 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Hang in there TJ, your game will come around. Nice passing in the beat down on my team. Now will you please tell Mr. Liggins that the game is over, I need to go to the bathroom so will he lighten up on the defense a little bit. Hey Deandre, Knowles is thinkin’ bout shootin’ get over there and cover him.

  69. Gary Hardin
    9:11 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Daniels will be wearing KY Blue if Kanter is found to be not eligible.