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The mother of five-star power forward Terrence Jones says she has tentatively set up a run of official and unofficial vists for her son.
Jones, a 6-8 forward out of Portland (Ore.) Jefferson, has the following visits on tap:
Oct. 9 – Oklahoma
Oct. 16 – Washington
Oct. 23 – Arizona
Oct. 28 – Kentucky for Blue/White Game
Oct. 31 – Oregon (unofficial)
Nov. 6 – UCLA
Linda Mashia-Jones, Terrence’s mother and a former scholarship player at Washington, says Kansas may get an unofficial but she has not heard back from the staff.
“I have not heard from them,” she said. “He wants Arizona over Kansas [for an official visit]. You only get five, unless it’s going to be an unofficial.”
Linda said her son is playing his cards close to the vest — even with her — but he wants to commit in the fall.
“He would like to make a decision on the first go-round so this will be over,” she said. “I think it would be a lot easier and a lot less stressful on him. He’s looking forward to relaxing and enjoying his senior year.
“If he waits until April, I just think it will just get worse. It will make the decision harder and more drawn out.”
She also said that a recent article indicating Jones is cousins with former NBA guard and current Memphis Grizzlies assistant Damon Stoudamire is not completely accurate because they aren’t blood relatives.
“They are cousins by marriage,” she said. “Terrence and Damon and Salim [Stoudamire], they do consider themselves cousins. It’s really not a blood thing.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.