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:
*SEC Freshman of the Year
*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
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?