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Sunday / February 5.
  • Ross Not Shocked About Jones to Kentucky

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    When Terrence Jones verbally committed to Washington during a press conference April 30 at Portland (Ore.) Jefferson High School, he cited playing with high school teammate Terrence Ross as a major reason why.

    Now that Jones has changed plans and is headed to Kentucky instead, how does Ross feel about going to Washington alone?

    “It’s a good choice for him,” Ross told ZAGSBLOG contributor Alex Kline, who broke the news of Ross’ commitment to Washington. “I mean, I’m happy with whatever he does. I would have loved it if he came to Washington but it didn’t happen that way.”

    Jones signed scholarship papers Wednesday night with Kentucky, becoming the second recruit to switch from the Huskies to the Cats. Enes Kanter, a 6-9 Turkish native, also changed his mind.

    So was Ross shocked by what happened?

    “Naw, not really,” he said. “I knew something like this could happen since he hadn’t signed so late in the year.”

    Does he have any idea why Jones chose Kentucky?

    “No, none,” he said.

    What would it have been like if both Ross and Jones went to UW together?

    “Yeah, it would have been fun,” Ross said.

    Jones has taken some serious heat in the Pacific Northwest for changing his mind. How does Ross think he’s handling the critics?

    “He is handling it well,” Ross said. “I say he doesn’t let that bother him.”

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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.