The next time a recruit announces he will sign with Washington, rest assured coach Lorenzo Romar will see to it that the prospect actually brings along a national letter of intent.
Portland (Ore.) Jefferson forward Terrence Jones, a top-flight member of the Class of 2010, went back on his commitment to Washington last month by signing a financial-aid agreement Wednesday with Kentucky (as was reported to likely happen here Tuesday).
The agreement is non-binding, meaning that Jones can sign with Washington instead and his eligibility status will not be affected. However, as long as Kentucky coach John Calipari is in Lexington, Jones should be right there with him.
“I felt like they (Kentucky) played a better schedule and had a lot better team,” Jones told the Oregonian.
This is horrible news for the Pac-10, which needed an image boost after none of its teams were ranked in the AP Top 25 at the end of the season. It adds to other negative off-season developments, such as 20 scholarship players from a year ago leaving their respective Pac-10 institutions prematurely, and the embarrassing time-consuming replacement of fired Oregon coach Ernie Kent.
Calipari has now snagged two Five-Star recruits who announced they would attend Washington: Jones and forward Enes Kanter, a Turkey native who played last year in Pac-10 country at Stone Ridge Prep in Merced, Calif.
UA coach Sean Miller talked indirectly about Jones’ drawn-out decision during Tuesday’s spring-signing period wrapup press conference at McKale Center.
“That amazes me,” said Miller, who took part in an in-home visit with Jones early in the recruiting process. “That’s not healthy for college basketball. … There’s so much information out there to make a good decision.”
Jones’ likely departure from Pac-10 country for Lexington, along with Kanter, means two Five-Star recruits will leave the region in consecutive years. Last year, two of the top 10 rated players by Rivals.com from Pac-10 locales went elsewhere — Los Angeles Dominguez High School foward Jordan Hamilton (No. 6) with Texas and Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde guard Michael Snaer (No. 7) with Florida State.
Kanter is rated No. 3 by Rivals.com, while Jones is ranked No. 13.
CLASS OF 2010 PAC-10 RECRUITS
Rivals.com’s Top 150 rankings listed
|23||Josh Smith||Covington, Wash.
|25||Dwight Powell||Bradenton, Fla.
|27||Keala King||Compton, Calif.
|41||Tyler Lamb||Santa Ana, Calif.
|48||Terrence Ross||Portland, Ore.
|65||Anthony Brown||Huntington Beach, Calif.
|69||Allen Crabbe||Los Angeles
|78||Gary Franklin||Santa Ana, Calif.
|97||Bryce Jones||Woodland Hills, Calif.
|109||Richard Solomon||Torrance, Calif.
|113||Jordin Mayes||Los Angeles
THOSE WHO GOT AWAY
Rivals.com’s Top 150 players who left Pac-10 locales for other schools
|3||Enes Kanter||Merced, Calif.
Stone Ridge Prep
|13||Terrence Jones||Portland, Ore.
|108||James Johnson||Wildomar, Calif.
|119||Joe Harris||Chelan, Wash.
|133||Kyle Fuller||Moreno Valley, Calif.
TWENTY OFFSEASON PAC-10 TRANSFERS
|Drew Gordon**||UCLA||Soph.||PF||6-9||230||11.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg|
|Leonard Washington*||USC||Soph.||PF||6-7||230||6.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg|
|Elston Turner||Wash.||Soph.||SG||6-4||205||5.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg|
|Matt Humphrey||Oregon||Soph.||PG||6-5||185||5.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg|
|Amandi Omoke*||Cal||Soph.||PF||6-7||225||4.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg|
|Xavier Thames||WSU||Fr.||PG||6-3||186||4.6 ppg, 1.2 apg|
|Demetrius Walker||ASU||Fr.||SG||6-2||195||4.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg|
|Victor Rudd||ASU||Fr.||SF||6-7||207||2.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg|
|D.J. Seeley||Cal||Soph.||SG||6-4||195||2.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg|
|Taylor Rohde||ASU||Soph.||PF||6-8||235||2.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg|
|Drew Wiley||Oregon||Soph.||F||6-7||210||2.2 ppg, 0.7 rpg|
|J’mison Morgan*||UCLA||Soph.||C||6-10||245||1.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg|
|Clarence Trent||Wash.||Fr.||SF||6-5||225||1.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg|
|Michael Harthun||WSU||Soph.||SG||6-3||181||1.7 ppg, 0.9 rpg|
|Josh Crittle||Oregon||Soph.||PF||6-8||250||1.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg|
|Garland Judkins**||Arizona||Soph.||SG||6-3||200||1.2 ppg, 0.7 rpg|
|Brandon Thompson||ASU||Fr.||PG||6-0||180||0.7 ppg, 0.3 apg|
|Mike Moser||UCLA||Fr.||SF||6-8||195||0.6 ppg, 0.5 rpg|
|D.J. Shumpert||Arizona||Soph.||SF||6-7||190||0.2 ppg, 0.7 rpg|
|Anthony Brown||WSU||Fr.||SG||6-4||206||0.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg|
* — Dismissed from team
** — Announced transfer before start of spring semester