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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Why Don’t We Appreciate This Guy More……

This will be quite random but stems from a text exchange with friends during a boring time this weekend.  And frankly, isn’t all time basically a boring time right now?  But anyway, guys like John Wall and Anthony Davis and Karl Towns will forever get all of the attention from this fanbase.  And rightfully so.  Those guys are three of the most talented players to ever wear the blue and white.  This is in no way to diminish the attention we give them or the legend status they deserve.  But there is one guy who always is never mentioned as one of the greats and I think he totally should.

Let me rundown the resume of the player I am talking about:

*2-year starter
*2-time All-SEC
*All-SEC Tournament
*SEC Freshman of the Year
*McDonalds All-American
*1,000 point scorer
*Two Final Fours
*1 National Championship
*Freshman Year: 15.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg
*Sophomore Year: 12.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg
*6-year NBA Player
*Academic All-SEC

If you haven’t figured it out yet I am talking about none other than Terrence Jones.  Look at the resume above.  He made a significant impact on this program from Day 1 he stepped on campus.  He was a unique talent and absolutely unstoppable at times.  He won a national title and went to another Final Four and had significant impact in both teams.  He had some moderate NBA success.  He got the job done in the classroom.  And yet, when I ask you to name the best players from the Cal era, do most people put him in the Top 10?  I’m not so sure.  You have people who would put Darius Miller or Devin Booker or Shai on the list before Jones and that is absolutely insane.  And taking the one and done players out of the mix, I’m not sure you have many guys in his sphere.  Probably PJ Washington, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Tyler Ulis.  And I’m not sure I don’t take Jones over all of these guys.

Here’s the reality.  Fans didn’t love him.  He had a surly personality on the court, took some bad shots, and Cal called him selfish (and other words) on national TV.  I think that forever damaged his reputation as a legend at this school.  Which is too bad, because his actual resume, both individually and team accomplishments, should put him in the mix.

So who are your guys who go underappreciated at Kentucky, both in the Cal era and before?  

Article written by Bryan the Intern

4 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Why Don’t We Appreciate This Guy More……

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:09 am August 25, 2020 Permalink

    That’s not a bad point BTI. I guess AD just SO overshadowed everyone else (maybe not MKG as much) because he was just so smokin’, including in the tourney, and even in the natty when he couldn’t score was so dominant defensively he won MOP. I’ll never forget some game the next year when Dick Vitale mentioned that as great a shot blocker as Nerlens was, if someone got by him there was no TJ there like the year before. If I’m not mistaken, TJ also broke the old shot block record in 11-12, whereas AD shattered it of course.

  2. suppie
    10:50 am August 25, 2020 Permalink

    the real t jones is by far the most underappreciated cal player.

  3. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    11:34 am August 25, 2020 Permalink

    Brandon Knight does not get enough love around here.

  4. tampawildcat73
    6:56 pm August 25, 2020 Permalink

    TJ is a great player for sure. Doron Lamb going 7-12 from the arc in the title game was huge too. Also played 2 years. That 2011 team would have cut down the nets too if it wasnt for Kemba Walker being so good… and Jorts playing so bad.