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For what it’s worth, Mitch Whitehurst says Terrence Jones will play for Washington.
“Terrence is going to the University of Washington because that’s what I heard him verbally say,” Whitehurst, the athletic director at Portland (Ore.) Jefferson High, told the Seattle Times. “He said he wanted to go with his boy Terrence Ross and Terrence Ross is at Washington so I’m assuming that he’s going to do exactly what he said. Follow his boy and follow his decision.”
The 6-foot-8 Jones verbally committed Friday to Washington but did not sign his Letter of Intent. He then spoke with Kentucky coach John Calipari, fueling speculation that he might still land at Kentucky.
The Wildcats landed guards Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb but missed out on C.J. Leslie (N.C. State) and Jones. They could use a big man to augment next year’s class, although they do have 6-9 Turkish star Enes Kanter coming next fall, assuming he is cleared to play by the NCAA.
Jones, his mother, Linda Mashia-Jones and Jefferson coach Pat Strickland have not returned text messages.
Whitehurst said there was not a second press conference planned for Jones.
“We’re just going to keep it the way it is,” Whitehurst told the Seattle Times. “He’s going to Washington. We’re not going to redo this.”
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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.
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