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Terrence Jones erupts for 52 in scrimmage

Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:11 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 10:14 pm
By Jeff Goodman

I've always maintained there's no better used car salesman than John Calipari.

He can sell ice to an eskimo, sell hair gel to Chris Mack and, well, you get the point.

But maybe the Kentucky coach was on point when he said that he couldn't imagine there's a better player in college basketball than Terrence Jones.

Sure, it was just an intrasquad scrimmage.

But Jones went for 52 points on Wednesday night.

Jones was an insane 24-of-31 from the field, 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and 2-of-5 from the line. Oh yeah, he also grabbed 16 boards and dished out six assists.

We need to put this in context.

Jones' team scored 126 points.

It was a glorified scrimmage.

But still. By all accounts, Jones looks like a different player - maybe even more dominant than the one that came out of the gates a year ago.

I say some of the credit needs to go to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Gilchrist doesn't get outworked by anyone in terms of effort. Jones' weakness has always been an inconsistent ticker.

However, maybe Gilchrist is exactly what was necessary for Jones to fulfill his potential, the one that could have him at or near the top of June's NBA Draft.

The reports were that the No. 1 freshman in the country, 6-foot-11 Anthony Davis, was the one given the task of trying to contain Jones.

Davis put up 27 points and 13 boards in the scrimmage, but it'll still take some time for him to acclimate himself to the college game.

Fellow frosh Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Marquis Teague had 19 points and nine assists and Kyle Wiltjer went for 27 points and 11 boards.

Here's one reason not to put too much stock in an intrasquad scrimmage: Eloy Vargas had 16 rebounds.

Photo: AP

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:23 pm

Terrence Jones erupts for 52 in scrimmage

Well according to the facts, just look at chart below, Jones was becoming more and more of a role player as the season progressed and less of a stand out.



While Barnes did just the opposite



Facts mean more than opinions and they show Barnes getting a lot better fast and well Jones not so much. Just compare stats the last third of the season to see the difference. Albeit most opinions, analysts and draft boards included, say Barnes is better too, if one prefers those.

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:21 pm

Terrence Jones erupts for 52 in scrimmage

Jones > Barnes everyday of the week. There is no way in hell they will be able to stop him this year.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:04 pm

Terrence Jones erupts for 52 in scrimmage

I don't know why I let Goodman's barbs about my team's coach get to me.  He clearly has a agenda: get UK fans riled up so he can drive up the hit count.  Plus he's buddies with the triumvirate. So he would like to nothing more than to bring the man down.  
Anyways.  Love the new circle under the basket.  Not one charge during tonights scrimmage.  Coach K is going to have to find a new way of playing defense. 

Jones looks like a poor man's Lebron now.  6' 8" 250 all muscle, putting his chin on the rim, great handle for a power forward.  His right hand has improved but still needs work. 

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:47 pm

Terrence Jones erupts for 52 in scrimmage

Salesman is correct, used car salesman is a misnomer. There's nothing used about what he's selling at UK, it's all top shelf.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:42 pm

Terrence Jones erupts for 52 in scrimmage

Calipari is a used car salesman?  Only problem is he is now at Kentucky.  He's selling Lexus, Infinity, Mercedes, BMW now! 

The real used car salesman is Pitino.  Tonight he said that Shane Behanan is the best freshman he's had since Mashburn.  Yeah right.  I remember when he was at UK and they played San Francisco in on of those December blow outs.  Pitino said that San Francisco's guards would get drafted.  Sure they did?!!?   He also said Jared Prickett was the next Larry Bird.  We know how that prediction turned out.  I could go on and on. 

Calipari might of been a used car salesman at one point when he was at shit commuter colleges but in three years at UK his bold statements have pretty much come to fruition. 

Goodman should be a man and quote one of Calipari statements they would make him deserve the title of used car salesman.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:22 pm

Terrence Jones erupts for 52 in scrimmage

Should be a fun year at Kentucky. Enjoy the ride as King Caliapri says.

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:17 pm

Terrence Jones erupts for 52 in scrimmage


Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:16 pm

Terrence Jones erupts for 52 in scrimmage

I quit reading after your first senetence. 

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